Advances in technology have not only created a
morning after pill and
reproductive technology but have even raised the possibility of
cloning in a world that is still having
trouble dealing with abortion. Even
the seemingly morally straight-forward use of the morning after pill
This isn't to say that the liberal side of the debate is not without it's faults. Because, excepting a few brave individuals like Peter Singer, they are forced by their squeamishness to hold a very schizophrenic worldview.
As it happened with Peter Singer, anyone who dares point to out that if
you accept the morality of a pro-choice
stance, it is hard to argue against the euthanisation of young children, the retarded and senile elderly, without resorting to convoluted mental gymanastics; in other words sophistry.
Part of the problem is that deciding when the killing of a person is justifiable and when it is not is very arbitrary. Some say it is justifiable up to the first trimester, others say it is justifiable up to birth itself. This arbitrariness is necessary because only a definition of sanctioned killing restricted to an arbitrary time frame well in advance of the possibility of birth, or restricted only to the unborn, can avoid viewing the aforementioned young children as having no real right to life.
Not just that, but quite often the same people who believe in pro-choice
still get squeemish about the thought of cloning individual organs as
or performing experiments on foetuses. To be honest I have never understood this, I mean if they are worthless enough to have no right to life then why not at
least use them to contribute to humanity's greater good after their death?
Personally, I think that the western world is currently undergoing the ethical equivalent of a
paradigm shift, advances in technology and changes in culture have resulted in the proverbial rug
being pulled out from underneath everyone's basic assumptions on morality. But a
lot of people are still pretending it hasn't happened, or adding parts of the new reality ad-hoc to their worldview without refactoring the rest of their
world to fit with it.
Sooner or later something is going to break... It's a question of what breaks