Essay on Orginial Postion

1273 Words 6 Pages
The Original Position thought experiment devised by John Rawls, requires one to argue for a client behind a veil of ignorance. Not knowing anything about the advantageous or disadvantageous position of said client within society, one has to resolve the issue presented in a way that does not discount the interests of any member of society. The Original Position invokes the social contract in which all members of society are seen as rational agents who consent to principles from a self-interested stance. It concedes that rational agents will agree that something is right if and only if it is seen as treating them as equal participants in that self-regarding decision. It requires an egalitarian approach to moral dilemmas in that all members …show more content…
Natural facts in this case also discount the rational status of the fetus, which negates the possibility of arguing in favor of the fetus's right to life over that of the mother's. The slippery slope aspect of the status of the fetus, is a constant point of derision in the case of abortion. Nonetheless, the Original Position requires me to note that banning abortion because it is akin to the taking of a life is incompatible with the real world dynamics of such a stance. Abortion is a medical procedure used to terminate a pregnancy at the request of the mother for any number of reasons. Abortion is also the miscarriage of a fetus naturally by expulsion through the uterus. The problem seems to lie solely in the active participation of morally blameworthy agents who choose to opt for a medical procedure to carry out something that also happens naturally. If the problem lies in playing God, in taking God-given life, then there would be problems with all medical procedures that circumscribe God's plan. If the issue is in taking a potential life, then all periods and ejaculations not used for reproductive purposes would be blameworthy. Rather, most argue that the conceived fetus is a potential person with a right to life; however, the fetus has the right to life only insofar as the mother's body carries it. Pregnancy does not necessitate life,

Related Documents