A discussion of mary anne warren's argument for the moral permissibility of abortion. 1 abortion and personhood 1 the debate hinges on the moral status of the fetus: mary anne warren begins her discussion of abortion by disagreeing with judith thomson. Pro-life philosopher stephen schwartz, in his book the moral question of abortion (loyola university press, chicago, il, 1990) explains that warren is confusing being a person with functioning as a person. Mary anne warren: on the moral and legal status of abortion fetus is similar to a guppy for a person to be a member of a moral community there must be 5 traits: consciousness, reasoning, self motivating, communicative and possessed of self concept.
Mary anne warren describes how abortion should be kept legal without any restrictions on it she states that the pro-abortion argument should center around the moral status of the baby, not simply on the rights of the mother. Mary anne warren, in her article arguing for the permissibility of abortion, holds that moral opposition to abortion is based on the following argument: it is wrong to kill innocent human beings the embryo is an innocent human being. A critique of mary anne warren's on the moral and legal status of abortion, part v i have spent four parts in this series responding to warren's argument that the unborn cannot be considered persons.
Mary anne warren: on the moral and legal status of abortion i challenge to traditional anti-abortion argument traditional anti-abortion argument (302). Warren, mary anne, moral status - obligations to persons and other living things oxford university press (2000) isbn 978--19-825040-1 essays warren, mary anne, on the moral and legal status of abortion. The monist, 57(4) (1973) on the moral and legal status of abortion is an article by mary anne warren, which centers on the moral status of abortion the appropriate legal status that can be accorded to the act of abortion is to be established in the article.
Personhood argument in favor of abortion that a fetus is human in the moral sense mary anne warren's personhood argument in favor of abortion. 2 / mary anne warren / on the moral and legal status of abortion show that if fetuses are human then abortion is properly classified as murder, is an extremely valuable one. A critique of mary anne warren's on the moral and legal status of abortion, part iii in part one of this series, i examined warren's definition of human, and in part two i examined her argument about what a person is and showed why the unborn certainly qualify.
On the moral and legal status of abortion, an essay written by mary anne warren, defend abortion in any stage of a woman's pregnancy (pg 468) warren argues that the potential to become a human being is not the same as being human and deserving the same right to life (pg 468-472. Mary anne warren: on the moral and legal status of abor-tion i warren's project [i]t is possible to show that, on the basis of in-tuitions which we may expect even to oppon-ents of abortion to share, a fetus is not a per-son, and hence not the sort of entity to which it is proper to ascribe full moral rights (277) proabortionist arguments focus on horrible side affects of. In the personhood argument in favor of abortion rights mary anne warren points out the two senses in which something can be human: the genetic sense and/or moral sense.
Mary warren, on the moral and legal status of abortion, 1973 warren defends an extremely permissive view on abortion, according to which abortion is morally permissible at any stage of the pregnancy and under any circumstances. A critique of mary anne warren's on the moral and legal status of abortion, part v and if warren's argument succeeds, then infanticide is also morally permissible, whether or not warren. She does state that the common argument that late-term abortion will erode the level of respect for human life, which may lead to an increase in unjustified euthanasia and other crimes, is not a reason for legal limits, but that is wholly mistaken.