PHIL 2810 Lecture Notes - Canada Health Act, Fetus, Surrogacy

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
School
Dalhousie University
Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 2810
February 19th, 2013
February-19-13
10:10 AM
Susan Sherwin
Moral feature of pregnancy is that it takes place in women's bodies and takes a significant effect
on their lives
Ethics demands that the effects on the oppression of women be a principal consideration when
evaluating abortion policies
Sherwin's Main Points
Distinctive Analysis of abortion b/c:
o Not isolated from other ethical questions
Need to take policy level considerations into account (accessibility, delivery of
services)
Thinks you need to take these into account at the same time as the moral
considerations
o Recognizes the complexity of the questions being asked
Always and never are very strong positions to take, and very hard to defend
Position needs to be more nuance
o Considers the pregnant woman the subject of principal concern in abortion discussions
Because the fetus is being raised within her body
How does the option of abortion being available change how her life may play out,
what opportunities may that present to her
o Attention is paid to the role of abortion in women's lives
Feminist analysis recognizes that women will seek out abortion whether it is legal or
not
Feminists concerned with the loss of women's lives associated with restricted abortion
o Attention is paid to the reasons why women choose abortion
o The freedom to choose abortion is connected to the control of women's sexuality
Culture dependent
o Attention is paid to how women become pregnant
The fetus
Existence of the fetus is relational to the woman carrying it
Status of the fetus is relational
o Do not have unique existence, their existence is tied to the existence of another
Relational account of personhood
o Persons are members of a social community which shapes and values them, and
personhood is a relational concept that must be defined in terms of interactions and
relationships with others
o According to this account, the fetus is not a person, have a minor moral status derived from
the direct relationship with the pregnant woman
As soon as fetus is born, it is then considered a person as it has entered personhood because it
can have very basic relationships with others
Implications for Social Policies
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Moral feature of pregnancy is that it takes place in women"s bodies and takes a significant effect on their lives. Ethics demands that the effects on the oppression of women be a principal consideration when evaluating abortion policies. Distinctive analysis of abortion b/c: not isolated from other ethical questions. Need to take policy level considerations into account (accessibility, delivery of services) Thinks you need to take these into account at the same time as the moral considerations: recognizes the complexity of the questions being asked. Always and never are very strong positions to take, and very hard to defend. Position needs to be more nuance: considers the pregnant woman the subject of principal concern in abortion discussions. Because the fetus is being raised within her body. How does the option of abortion being available change how her life may play out, what opportunities may that present to her: attention is paid to the role of abortion in women"s lives.

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