Utilitarianism Facing Abortion

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Utilitarianism Facing Abortion
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Table of Contents
Abstraction ………………………………………………………. 3
Ethical Principals and Methodologies ……………………………………. 4
Utilitarism ………………………………………………. 5
Types ………………………………………………. 6
Consequences ………………………………………………. 6
Statistics ………………………………… 7
Utilitarianism vs. Kantianism ………………………………………. 11
Healthcare vs. Marketplace ………………………………… 16 Government Allocation
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Rule Utilitarianism does not look at individual acts but the usefulness of a rule in morality. Mill was an Act Utilitarian and applied rules that usually bring the most good to situations. Strong Rule Utilitarians never break rules, and Weak Rule Utilitarianism keep rules in mind yet are prepared to break them if necessary. Preference Utilitarianism is where the preferences of those involved are taken into account when making the decision. The morally right thing to do in any situation is one that satisfies most people’s preferences.
Abortion Benefits
Abortion is a sensitive topic that requires a considerable amount of understanding when addressing the ethics behind it. Abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy thus ending the life of the embryo/fetus prematurely.
Ones ethical justification for abortion from a rule-utilitarianism standpoint: When using the rule-utilitarian consequential principle of ethics, we establish a set of general morals and rules in which we can apply to every moral question based upon our utilitarian findings. When this is applied to abortion, we can see that abortion is a completely ethical entity that provides the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people. Since utilitarianism in general is based on the practical evidence that supports the wide-ranging happiness of many, it is important to include statistical data to support one’s position.
First premise: It is wrong to kill an innocent human being.
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