Ethical Theories Applied to IVF and Abortion- A woman's right to a child

  • Created by: Chay_Kay
  • Created on: 04-04-13 20:43

Utilitarianism- Because this approach is concerned with the outcome, it weighs up the happiness and pain of all involved, this includes the mother, the foetus, family and medical staff. By focusing on the outcome of an action utilitarians reject the argument that life has an intrinsic (from conception) value.

  • When applied to a woman's right to a child the same balancing of pleasure and pain takes place. Other factors that may be considered are the cost of the treatment, whether the same money may bring more value if used differently
  • Decisions about the morality of IVF also involve weighing up the pain…


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