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Evaluate abortion ethics using the utilitarian calculation.

Apply the utilitarian calculation of painful or pleasurable consequences to evaluate a controversial ethical issue - abortion. What advantages and disadvantages do you see to the Utilitarian approach to ethics?

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Utilitarian Calculation
Apply the utilitarian calculation of painful or pleasurable consequences to evaluate a controversial ethical issue - abortion. What advantages and disadvantages do you see to the Utilitarian approach to ethics?

Utilitarian ethics is based on the idea of making a decision whose outcome will have positive consequences for the people involved. The morality of the action is not based on a set standard but is determined by whether the consequences of the decision are good or bad. The problem with utilitarian ethics is that one must first answer the question, "Who should benefit from the consequences?"

If we take the perspective of the unborn child then the answer is clear. Only a decision to have the child is in the best interest of the child. Whether the child is raised by the birth mother or put up for adoption, ...

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This discussion illustrates the utilitarian calculation of pain or pleasure in making an ethical decision. In this scenario the ethics of abortion are considered by using the utilitarian calculation. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the Utilitarian approach to ethics in general and in this case specifically? Over 550 words of original text.

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