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Essay heading: Abortion and infanticide - Potentiality Principle
 
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The potentiality principle is also very important according to Tooley because it not only provides support for the conservative's position but also invalidates the conservative's position if the principle is proven to be unacceptable. To show this, Tooley made a comparison between humans and apes. He said that the reason why an adult human has a right to live but an infant ape doesn't is because the "former possesses certain psychological properties which the latter lacks" (Tooley, 1972 pg...
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He said that the reason why an adult human has a right to live but an infant ape doesn't is because the "former possesses certain psychological properties which the latter lacks" (Tooley, 1972 pg. 56). He also argued that both a human and an ape zygote do not possess these properties so therefore the only main moral difference between them is that the human zygote has the potential to possess these properties unlike the ape zygote...
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