Monday, July 17, 2006

OK to Kill, But Not to Harm?

There's a very interesting discussion at a variety of pro-choice blogs (Sufficient Scruples, Unified View Philosophy, Etc. ) regarding whether it is morally permissible to take drugs (such as thalidomide) during a pregnancy (which will end in birth) knowing those drugs will have an exceptionally negative effect of the child.

All three blogs hold the position that a human fetus in first-trimester isn't a person (and therefore killing them is morally permissible) yet come to different conclusions about whether it's morally permissible to harm a child intended for birth. Serge takes the time to comment on some of the arguments made.

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