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Single Idea 20284

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 3. Abortion]

Full Idea

A prince may be a potential king, but he does not have the rights of a king. Why should a potential person have the rights of a person?

Gist of Idea

Why should a potential person have the rights of an actual person?

Source

Peter Singer (Practical Ethics [1979], 06)

A Reaction

But the prince is probably accorded special rights, merely on the grounds that he is the potential king. An unborn potential king is always considered as special.

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Practical Ethics' [CUP 1989], p.120