Moral Stautes of a FetusPaper Rating: Word Count: 707 Approx Pages: 3
How is the moral status of the fetus best determined? The necessary conditions that
determine when the living thing becomes a person, with moral status, are based
on scientific and individual beliefs.
I will defend my claim by presenting psychological criteria, biological criteria and
I will begin with an example from Judith Thompson a philosophy professor. The
Story best demonstrates that, the moral status of the fetus is based on individual belief.
The story goes like this " A terrified fourteen-year-old high-school girl whose
pregnancy has been caused by rape has already suffered one severe trauma. If she is now
required, over her protests, to carry the child to full term despite her fear, anguish, deep
depression, and fancied public mortification, the harmful ramifications may be hundred
It is the woman's individual belief that it does not matter to her what the moral
status of the fetus may be. She wants the pregnanc