Principle: Parents have moral duties to sacrifice for their biological children, and this duty "precedes our consent" (it is not contingent on the consent of the parents).This duty derives "largely" from our duty to contribute to the good of the larger community.
It explains why rational space aliens, if there are any, would be (non-human) persons.
It explains why divine or spiritual beings are or would be (non-human) persons.
Killing human beings is often deeply wrong, so is abortion wrong? And w While this argument is influential in some circles, it is nevertheless dubious.
You are likely over three feet tall now, but weren’t always. You have the right to make autonomous decisions about your own life, but didn’t always.
This more sophisticated argument is not discussed here.
Nathan Nobis is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA USA, and author of many articles on topics in bioethics, including abortion.
When one participates in this debate constructively, you need to prepare a well-structured essay that demystifies the issues surrounding the abortion issue.
Such an essay can be an important tool that people can use to support, or oppose, the issue of legalizing abortion.
Fetuses have no awareness of their futures whatsoever, and this is one important difference between their futures and our futures.
Fetuses, then, might not have a right to the pregnant woman’s body and so she doesn’t violate their rights by not allowing a fetus to use it.