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Is it accurate to say that pro-choice people are more consequentialist?

#1CC RicersPosted 7/8/2013 10:20:46 AM
By the definition of moral consequentialists, they judge the correctness of an action by the consequences it brings. Strictly pro-life people say there is only one correct choice in any case. Being pro-choice puts little relevance in the choice and more relevance into what the outcome would be for the choice. I also have to wonder if being more morally consequentialist means you support greater freedom of choice overall as a result.
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#2hunter_gohanPosted 7/8/2013 10:38:18 AM
Probably yeah. Not all need to take a consequentialist view of it. It could simply be they value people over potential people and so it is the choice that is more important than the consequence of it. Very few on the pro-life side seem to care about the consequences at all though.
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#3JIC XPosted 7/8/2013 10:39:05 AM
CC Ricers posted...
By the definition of moral consequentialists, they judge the correctness of an action by the consequences it brings. Strictly pro-life people say there is only one correct choice in any case. Being pro-choice puts little relevance in the choice and more relevance into what the outcome would be for the choice. I also have to wonder if being more morally consequentialist means you support greater freedom of choice overall as a result.


Hmmm... I don't think so.
I think most "pro-lifers" owe their position to religiously-rooted deontological ethics, but that doesn't mean that their opponents on the issue are all consequentialists.

Most pro-choice libertarians, after all, root their support for abortion rights in largely non-consequentialist ideas about personal integrity, property rights, and freedom to make important choices for oneself.
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#4Brett8Posted 7/8/2013 10:51:58 AM
As a whole, maybe, but there are consequentialist arguments against abortion and deontological arguments for choice.
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#5TaiIs82Posted 7/9/2013 3:46:39 AM
Even a strictly self-interested consequentialist would take up Pascal's wager. The pro choice side delights in abortion, the act itself.
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#6Nitro378Posted 7/9/2013 5:39:28 AM
TaiIs82 posted...
Even a strictly self-interested consequentialist would take up Pascal's wager.


So it's rational to pick one religion over all the others to support, when they're all equally unsupported by evidence?
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#7AnclationPosted 7/9/2013 7:17:32 AM
TaiIs82 posted...
Even a strictly self-interested consequentialist would take up Pascal's wager. The pro choice side delights in abortion, the act itself.


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#8JIC XPosted 7/9/2013 7:25:31 AM
Nitro378 posted...
TaiIs82 posted...
Even a strictly self-interested consequentialist would take up Pascal's wager.


So it's rational to pick one religion over all the others to support, when they're all equally unsupported by evidence?


I wouldn't say they're all equally unsupported.
Some religious beliefs are merely unsupported by evidence. Others are in the teeth of it.
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#9WingMirrorPosted 7/9/2013 7:31:37 AM
TaiIs82 posted...
Even a strictly self-interested consequentialist would take up Pascal's wager. The pro choice side delights in abortion, the act itself.


Why would all consequentialists automatically assume there is more to be gained with the belief of a God? The Christian dogma is often rooted in deontological ethics.
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#10Faust_8Posted 7/9/2013 8:11:43 AM
There recently was a study that showed that liberals tend to judge morality based on consequences whereas conservatives/religious people tend to judge based on rules.

So yeah.
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