Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses ethical issues and the development of moral arguments. One of Anscombe’s (1958) theses is the rejection of moral duty, moral obligations, and moral conscientiousness due to its survival or derivation from survival. She explains that this notion is outdated and no longer applies to modern moral philosophy and may only harm the understanding of morality. In this paper, I will explore my own perspective on moral issues including the much-debated abortion, genetic engineering, and drug usage, and moral reasoning of how to resolve these issues. Furthermore, the development of moral arguments will be derived from the ethical judgments made. .
Boss (2013) presents a very deep discussion of abortion and the argument for and against the subject. In her book, she has paid close attention to the details such as the history behind abortion, the US laws regarding abortion, what religion has to say about it, and how it poses a dilemma of morality. My understanding of the subject has been greatly enhanced due to which I will consider both perspectives on the subject including arguments in favor of abortion and those that are against it. Most women’s rights activists argue that women have a right to their own choice because it reflects gender equality and they are entitled to this moral right. They also argue that early pregnancy may halt their professional career and may push them towards several risks including crimes, illegal abortions, drugs, and hence a low standard of living. Women’s rights activists also stress the treatment of women as individuals rather than mere carriers of fetuses.
On the other hand, advocates of life argue that there are other solutions available apart from abortion. Even religion makes a strong case against abortion as it is equivalent to killing a life. However, there has been recent consideration that permits abortion up till the fourteenth week of pregnancy because vital organs of the fetus develop after that period.