Ethical Test Assignment
Ethical Problem: Abortion
The nature of abortion is to terminate pregnancy by removing the uterus of a fetus or embryo, in result of death.
Ethical Tests Used:
1. Role Reversal Test
* I used this test by putting myself in the other person’s shoes and tried to figure out why they would want to do this 2. Higher Principles Test
* I used this test by thinking of religions that would/would not allow this to happen 3. Comparison Test
* By comparing abortion to murder
4. Sustainability Test
* I used this test by imagining what the consequence to our world/society would turn out to be if everyone decided to use abortion.
I feel that the tests that helped illuminate the problem best were the Comparison Test and the Sustainability Test. I feel that the Comparison Test was one of the best because when you think about it abortion can also be considered murder. Murder is defined as “the unlawful killing of another human being with intent” which is exactly what abortion is, killing a human being with intent. I also thought that the Sustainability Test was a good one to use because sticking with abortion is murder; people are murdering and getting away with it. If you can get away with murdering a child, why not get away with murdering another human. What would going around murdering people, do to our society? The tests that I used that I thought would help illuminate the problem the least were the Role Reversal test and the Higher Principle test. I chose the Role Reversal test as a least because I’m personally against abortion, so by putting myself in someone else shoes, I still could not make any good of it. I also chose the Higher Principle test as a least because I don’t know much about religion, and not knowing much about religion I wouldn’t be able to tell whether it was considered a “sin” or not.