Essay On Abortion And Utilitarianism

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Parker Garland

Dr. Wion

Ethics

12/10/16

Utilitarianism and Abortion

Imagine how the world would be if everybody consistently acted in a manner in which what was best for everyone and animals was the main goal of each and every action and decision made. Do you think the world would be a better place? The is what the moral theory of Utilitarianism argues that it would be. Utilitarianism is an ethical theory that believes that the best action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined as the well being of others and includes both humans and animals. In determine how a Utilitarian would feel about abortion, it is important to evaluate the principles they would use when considering whether abortion is right or wrong. Jeremey
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If we want to gain further insight into the issue we must review the pros and cons of abortion. Some of the negative aspects of abortion include the stigma around abortion in society. It can appear as an awful crime. It implies denying someone a life because the odds are not in our favor at the moment. In a religious sense is it possible to justify abortion. Often in many religions a child is a gift from god and there is a purpose for evert being. By having an abortion are we playing against god? Abortion can also be dangerous and leave someone with health complications and a lifetime of potential emotional…show more content…
When it comes down to abortion there is not one specific argument a Utilitarian would choose in every circumstance. The Utilitarian would choose wether or not an abortion is morally correct solely based on the consequences of the circumstances. In essence they just want what is best and will produce the greatest amount of pleasure for all. I think there is a lot to learn from the Utilitarian philosophy, while that being said I do not think that we should close off our minds from other philosophies rather have an open mind to all and pick and choose whatever feels right to
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