A Normal Child Up By Tracy Latimer Essay

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On Sunday, November 23rd, 1980, Tracy Latimer was born to the parents of Robert and Laura Latimer. Seemly a normal child up until her birth where she experienced a lack of oxygen which caused Tracy Latimer to develop cerebral palsy. The name Tracy Latimer was known globally twelve years later on Sunday, October 24, 1993, when Robert Latimer killed Tracy. Robert Latimer placed Tracy in his truck and ran a hose from the exhaust pipe into the cab of the truck and killed Tracy by carbon monoxide poisoning. What makes this case morally relevant and debated is that Tracy Latimer had cerebral palsy did not get to decide if she wanted to live or die. In this case the features that are morally relevant are that Tracy’s father, Robert, reason behind killing his daughter can be morally justified if Robert Latimer was acting in accordance with ethical egoism. If killing his daughter was the action that advances his own best self-interest then according to ethical egoism that is the action that he should do. Humans are fundamentally programed to act in accordance with self-interest, ultimately a person will do what is best for them. Though ethical egoism can be applied in this case there are a variety of different moral issues that are salient in this case. The moral issue that has been discussed largely is that this act would be considered wrong if Robert Latimer was acting in accordance with non-consequentialism, where there are certain actions that are always considered to be right…

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