Morality Play Case : Fetal Rights And The Fetus As Person

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MSA #2:
Mariah Neuhauser
Morality Play Case: Fetal Rights and the Fetus as Person: The Case of J.D.S.
In terms of the utilitarian moral theory, utilitarian moral theory considers human actions as being morally good if the end result or effect of the action is good regardless of whether or not the “means” of getting to the respective end result or effect of an action was good.
In terms of the deontological moral theory, deontological moral theory considers human actions as being morally good if the some part of the action is morally good regardless of whether the effect or end result of the action is good.
Question 1: “If a fetus is considered a “person,” does it follow that the fetus has the full range of “rights” to which an already-born person is entitled? (What makes any person entitled to rights?)” (Pierce 41).
Mill: If the government decides to infringe upon a person’s right to happiness (in this case, it could be having a child or not having a child), then it does not matter whether a fetus is a person or not or whether abortion is viewed as moral or immoral. If the fetus will have a debilitating disease or the mother will not be happy with having a child, then abortion should be a legal option to make either the fetus or the mother happy. If the fetus is a person, then the fetus also has a right to happiness, but it is arguable about when that right to happiness begins. I would argue that the mother’s right to happiness overrules a fetus’s right to happiness because…

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