The Morally Right Side Of Happiness And Utilitarianism

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“Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness (Mill 11.)” In happiness versus unhappiness, people are going to do what they can to strive to be happy. Individuals will do their best to maximize happiness even if it means breaking the rules. When it comes to rape and abortion, what is the morally right thing for the woman to do? A woman has a right to her body but a fetus also has a right to live. For that reason, the issue of utilitarianism is biased; therefore I will argue that Mills is incorrect since his concept claims that actions are true in the amount since they tend to encourage overall human desire, for instance, abortion is morally wrong even in the case of …show more content…
“So act, that thy rule of conduct might be adopted as a law by all rational beings (Mills 15.)” In this day and age individuals strive for happiness in their society. Most spend their liveliness seeking it and evading pain, the hope here is to feel content. "Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure." (Mill 16). How does one determine pleasure and pain when it comes to abortion? For starters they would have to determine what their moral standards are. Dejectedly, abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. Is abortion morally right or wrong? Well that would depend on who you ask. For those that feel abortion is morally right would argue that a woman has a right to decide what happens to her body. Yet, those that feel abortion is morally wrong would argue that life starts at conception therefore killing a fetus is murder. Sometimes in life, a person has to determine that there’s more to life than pleasure. Sometimes we have to do what is morally right even if …show more content…
Just because it makes people happy doesn’t mean it is right. There are unusual situations that rules don’t cover. For example, the conflict between rape and abortion. What is the right thing to do morally? Is abortion justifiable in rape cases? Both parties should be considered victims. A woman who is raped is a victim of a horrendous and violent crime and carrying a fetus to term is going to be a constant reminder of the violent crime committed against her. However, is this a relevant case for abortion considering conception does not occur immediately following intercourse? If the woman gets immediate medical attention then pregnancy will not occur. Likewise, some will argue that babies born to rape can be put up for adoption if the mother doesn’t want to keep

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