Practical ethics- abortion

When does life start?
Conception- catholic church. After conception- ensoulment. Birth- Mary Anne Warren
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What is the issue with the sanctity of life and abortion?
Only god can give and take life, natural law
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When might the sanctity of life be over ruled for abortion?
Doctrine of double effect, extraordinary means
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What are the weaknesses of the sanctity of life argument in terms of abortion?
Singer- specieism- favouring human life over animals. Can't cope with conflicting duties
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How does quality of life relate to abortion?
utilitarian- poor quality= justifiable- high pain, little pleasure. playing God. slippery slope.
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What is Judith Jarvis Thomsons argument about abortion?
Violinist example. Good Samaritans- don't have to if you don't want to
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What are ethical approaches to abortion?
Utilitarianism- individual situation. Natural law- Against, primary precepts. Kantian ethics- against, categorical imperatives.
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What is the issue with the sanctity of life and abortion?

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Only god can give and take life, natural law

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