Single Idea 4055

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

Full Idea

A week-old embryo without a brain may be a potential human being, but so are a sperm and an ovum that are about to meet in a dish, and it wouldn't be wicked to keep those apart.

Gist of Idea

It isn't obviously wicked to destroy a potential human being (e.g. an ununited egg and sperm)

Source

Michael Lockwood (When Does a Life Begin? [1985], p.19)

Book Reference

'Moral Dilemmas in Modern Medicine', ed/tr. Lockwood,Michael [OUP 1988], p.19


A Reaction

Sounds fine, but it may be a slippery slope. Is it acceptable to deny a place at music school to a potentially great musician?