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Criticism of Marquis pt 1

Submitted by liamharvey on Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:58

In “Why Abortion is Immoral”, Marquis argues against the morality of abortion by first explaining why killing other people is wrong. This discussion of why killing people is wrong later segues into his reasoning for why abortion is immoral; Marquis’ “future-like-ours” argument. Marquis explains that killing is wrong because “The loss of one’s life deprives one of all the experiences, activities, projects and enjoyments that otherwise would have constituted one’s future” (189). Marquis later connects the wrongness of killing to the immorality of abortion, suggesting that the standard fetus’ future includes the same experiences, activates etc. of an adult human. Marquis goes further to suggest that because the promise of a future is enough to explain why it is wrong to kill a newborn baby, it follows that it is prima facie wrong to abort a fetus.