What Aquinas would have to say about ABORTION?
The embryo has as much right as the mother. Catholics believe life starts from conception.
Abortion goes against the 6th Commandment - Thou shall not kill.
Abortion goes against the primary precepts - Preservation of life and Reproduction. Although not considered a contraceptive device it can be seen as one - just as the pill is to a catholic believer - abortion.
It also goes against the precept Order in Society - the more people having abortions the more abortions will be made and will not keep order.
God decides when it is time to die.
Real and Apparent goods - the real good is to allow life to take place the apparent is to kill it in order for it to be convenient for the woman.
Double effect – if the mother is in pain then the baby can be aborted.
AQUINAS IS AGAINST ABORTION.
What A UTILITARIAN would have to say about ABORTION:
Benthem (act)- Hedonic Calculus, what’s the certainty it will cause pleasure? How long will it be for? But you must measure for EVERYONE involved. Including embryo.
Principle of Utility: Greatest good for greatest number - Minorities ignored - Man and Woman want abortion - they would not consider the baby as it is not the greatest number however…