Francis Beckwith writes, "After all, if human persons ought not to be either subjects of research or killed without justification, and if the fetus from conception is a human person, then embryo experimentation, abortion, and cloning are prima facie morally wrong."("Abortion, Bioethics, and Personhood" http://cbhd.org/content/abortion-bioethics-and-personhood-philosophical-reflection)
Do you agree with his assertion that the question of personhood is paramount in these issues? Explain.
After reviewing the readings for this topic, what do you think are the strongest arguments for and against the right to abortion? Explain. Do the same principles apply to euthanasia? Explain© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:12 am ad1c9bdddf
Bioethics: Abortion, Euthanasia
According to Francis Beckwith, an American philosopher and Christian apologist argues that (2000), "After all, if human persons ought not to be either subjects of research or killed without justification, and if the foetus from conception is a human person, then embryo experimentation, abortion, and cloning are prima facie morally wrong." In this statement, Beckwith makes the assumption that all foetuses are a human person after conception. The issue of 'killing a human being' in terms of abortion of a foetus is subject to debate. Anjorin (n.d.) writes that to be considered a 'person', a being must have the capacity to reason, is self-aware, has consciousness and is able to feel pain, is self-motivated to act and can communicate messages and discourse in varied capacities. Philosopher Ann Warren (King, n.d.) takes this view too, furthering the argument the moral community is not of human beings (genetics) but of ...
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