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My blog this week responds to a student request for something on "issues surrounding contraception".
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Issues surrounding Contraception
What are the ethical issues surrounding contraception? Ethical issues tend to fall into three categories: those concerning consequences (utilitarianism, situation ethics), those concerning rights (which could be derived from a number of perspectives including Kantian, Natural Law and Mill’s Rule Utilitarianism) and those concerning what it means to be human (Natural Law, Virtue Ethics, and Religious views of what it means to be made in “the image of God”). A useful backdrop for any discussion is the Humanist Bill of Sexual Rights published in 1976, fascinating for its strong Kantian and Utilitarian hints - remember ethical theories are more complementary than you might think. it declares boldly “sexual pleasure is an intrinsic moral good”.
Consequentialist ethical perspectives tend to work better looking backwards than looking forwards, meaning that we can all see the results of a lack of contraception use in Africa, where AIDS has ravaged many countries such as Malawi with terrible consequences for child orphans and human suffering generally. As a general point, AIDS only takes off where promiscuity combines with lack of contraceptive protection. But here I disagree with the former Pope Benedict when he famously said that use of contraception encourages AIDS by encouraging promiscuity - I would argue the point the other way round: contraception is a moral imperative where promiscuity is deeply ingrained in a culture. And of course, population explosion (now above 7 billion) is one of the most pressing issues of our time - as world food resources will fall short of world population and again entail extreme human suffering amongst the poorest nations. (Click below to read more)Add a comment