On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion
Mary Ann Warren
Critical Reading Questions
1. What does Warren mean by the expression 'morally human? What does she mean by the expression 'genetically human'? Why is this distinction an important distinction in the abortion context, according to Warren? What does Warren mean by "the moral community" By morally human Warren means a full-fledged member of a moral community. By genetically human Warren means a baby with full genetic code and the potential for the capacity for rational thought. Distinction is important in abortion context because fetus’ are not considered a member of the moral community since it is not a moral human but it is considered a genetic human. Warren means by moral community is only people rather than human beings . 2. Does Warren mean the same thing by "person" that she means by "human"? Quote passages from the essay that support your answer here. What criteria does Warren offer being human in the moral sense? Present these in as much detail as she does. Warren does not mean the same thing by person and human and she clearly states it when she says “the suggestion is simply that the moral community consists of all and only people, rather than all and only human beings” and probably the best way of considering the concept of personhood, to see what sorts of entity are and are not persons, and what the decision that a being is or is not a person implies about is moral rights. 3. Do you agree with Warren's criteria for being human in the moral sense? If not, explain what you find troublesome about her criteria, and defend your view against hers. I personally agree with warrens view of what makes up a person. I liked the example she gave about someone who is alive but no longer has consciousness because even though you are alive you can't do anything, your no longer a person. 4. Explain Warren's 'space-traveler' scenario defense (the first of the two 'space-traveler' scenarios she...
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