The Other F-Word
by Charles Cherry
In an article adapted from his debate last week with Peter Singer and Maggie Little on the moral status of the “fetus,” Professor Finnis explains that outside of medical contexts use of the word “fetus” is offensive, dehumanizing, prejudicial, and manipulative. It obscures our perception of moral reality. Moral status is not a matter of choice or grant or convention, but of recognition, of someone who matters, and matters as an equal, whether we like it or not.
Note: I think The Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse should be required reading. I don’t agree completely with all of their articles and opinion pieces, but they are always well-written and full of excellent examples of critical thinking and moral reasoning.