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Argument: Argument thesis  Abortion should remain legal, but only in certain circumstances
Node type: Node refutes parent assertion  This node refutes its parent
Parent Node: Node refutes parent assertion  Terminating an innocent life is wrong no matter when you do it.
Node Text: There are times when "terminating an innocent life" may be morally justified

“Terminating an innocent life is wrong no matter when you do it.”

Although slightly more specific than the biblical command of “thou shall not kill,” the above assertion demands scrutiny. The word “innocent”, I assume, is included in the statement because terminating a “guilty” life is not wrong, at least some of the time. Is it always ok to terminate a guilty life? And by the way, guilty of what? As determined by whom? A court of law? A religious leader? Returning to the notion of an innocent life. That is, a life that is not guilty of something, although I am not sure of what. Is it reasonable to assert that the statement means something to the effect of “It is wrong to take a life if that life does not deserve to be taken” ? But who decides when it is ok to take a life? The author of the statement above? On what basis does that person define morality? I assert that the statement above can only be analyzed on the basis of the reasons given to support it, not on face vale.
Node Created: joetab24 — 2008-07-01 07:39:02

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