PHIL 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Incest, Roe V. Wade, Ensoulment

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Roe V Wade
Supposedly discourages illicit sex
oIf you were pregnant and not married can’t hide it
Abortion is a medical procedure
oOriginally hazardous for women
oPrior to antiseptic people didn’t know about bacteria
Doctors deliver and not wash hands
oSafer to get an abortion than it was to deliver a baby
o1st trimester mortality is relatively low
State has no legitimate interest therefore women’s rights trump
Protecting pre-natal life
oDidn’t say fetus has rights
oFetus in 1st trimester isn’t viable (can’t live outside the women
o2nd trimester certain requirements can be stated
Technology could become safer later
Quickening = movement makes fetus have life (ensoulment)
Technology advance to get viability earlier and earlier
oViable fetus you can prohibit abortion
When fetus feels pain it has a right to life
Constitution defines persons as born or naturalized in the united states
oBorn is what settles it
oAcceptations hen fetus is due to rape
Does this not seem out of line?
Do you get to kill people because of rape?
If you take seriously fetus as people you are in out of
oIncest
oRape baby’s
oFloss of wine pregnant women punished?
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