Category Archives: Ethics of Abortion

What about Rape and Incest?

Several “problem cases” typically arise when considering the ethics of abortion. Key among these is rape and incest. Should not abortion be legal if the woman was raped or the victim of incest? Good question. In cases of rape one … Continue reading

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The Principles of Medical Ethics (The American Medical Association, 2001), w/ Commentary

[Comments following the document] I. Preamble The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first … Continue reading

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The Profiteering Argument

In everyday discourse terms like “contract killing” “mercenary” and “profiteering” are offensive accusations. They connote slander and liable. This body of terms, when used literally, point to a person who is receiving payment for killing someone. This inference is clearly … Continue reading

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Conspicuous Absence of Humanity

Much of the abortion debate rages over sophisticated biological terms like gamete, sperm, egg, haploid, diploid, embryo, fetus, zygote, conceptus and so on. One should be careful however not to let the terms slip from distinctly human debates–to other animals. … Continue reading

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What are “Rights”?

In the abortion debate, all sides are liable to refer to our “rights.” The “right” to life, “right” to privacy, or the “right” of personal autonomy. The language is so common it might seem odd to think that some ethical … Continue reading

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Human Rights or Person Rights (revisited)

Human rights may be contested and violated in many ways around the world but it seems axiomatic in the modern era to affirm “human rights.” In other words we tend to affirm some legally functional if not ethically substantial sense … Continue reading

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Is abortion animal abuse?

Biologically speaking, human beings are classified as a kind of animal. Specifically, we are animalia (kingdom), chordata (phylum), mammalia (class), primate (order), hominidae (family), homo (gensus), sapiens (species). Often our status as animals is not terribly helpful in moral or … Continue reading

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