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Published by: Cody Herrmann on Dec 23, 2011
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Little on Abortion
Phil 118Platt
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Little’s Approach
Little argues that abortion is a serious moralchoice, but not because the fetus is a personShe focuses on the reasoning that leadswomen to choose whether or not to abort
 
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An example of “practicalreasoning”:
I want a beer.The best way for me to get abeer is to walk to the refrigerator.-----------------------------------------I should walk to the refrigerator.
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Moral Decision Making
More complex cases of practical reasoning involveweighing many different desires or goalsIn difficult cases, several moral factors may be relevantLittle argues that two moral factors play a role inwomen’s decisions about abortion: being a goodmother, and respecting the creation of life.
 
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Two Perspectives on Being a Mother 
Perspective A
: If I don’t have an abortion, then Iwill be a mother; but I don’t want to be amother given the current state of my life.
Perspective B
: If I had an abortion, then I wouldbe rejecting my child-to-be, but I want to be amother who nurtures my child-to-be.
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Reasoning in Favor of Aborting
I do not want to be a mother (now, or withthis partner, or with these resources).Having an abortion would prevent me frombecoming a mother.-----------------------------------------------------I should have an abortion.

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