[FoRK] thinking about responsibility

Russell Turpin deafbox
Mon Oct 24 10:56:50 PDT 2005

>>Whether or not one wants to make arguments
>>about later abortions, an embryo that hasn't yet
>>developed a functioning brain has zero claim on
>>the woman who is pregnant.

Kevin Elliott <k-elliott at wiu.edu>:
>How do you figure that?  Her choices put it there. No different than the 
>responsibility an owner has to his dog. .. All of them are his "right". .. 
>Not all of them are moral. ..

OK, tell me what you think the moral constraints
are respecting a dog that doesn't have a functioning
brain. The concrete examples might be a dog that
had a functioning brain but suffered some disease
that left it brain dead, or a puppy born anencephalic,
or the early embryos of a pregnant dog.

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