Outside research is not necessary, and in fact you are strongly encouraged to write this paper with nothing but the course materials and your brain in hand, but if you do use external sources you must provide complete citations. Failure to cite your sources is academic misconduct and will result in a failure of the assignment (for more information, see the academic honesty section of the syllabus and the handout on academic misconduct and proper citations). If you have any doubts about whether your paper is properly cited, I am happy to look at it for you in advance of the due date.
The Assignment: Kayla and Jared are college sophomores who sometimes have casual sex. They have affection for each other, but neither is interested in a relationship. They always use condoms, but apparently one broke, because Kayla discovers she is 6 weeks pregnant. Kayla has not had sex with anyone besides Jared in the past 3 months, so it is certain that he is the father. Neither Kayla nor Jared is financially independent, and neither feels emotionally ready to be parents. However, they care about behaving morally, and feel like they should think carefully before deciding what to do next. They also feel that they share responsibility for the pregnancy, and so they should decide together what to do about it. The problem is, Kayla and Jared espouse different moral theories. In this paper, you’ll consider the conflict this creates and explain what advice you would give Kayla and Jared.
Part I – Kayla’s Argument: Choose a moral theory for Kayla (natural law theory, Kantianism, utilitarianism, contractarianism, or virtue theory). Explain what options are open to Kayla with regard to her pregnancy, as a proponent of this theory. (In this section, you will be evaluated based on your ability to apply the tenets of the theory to this applied bioethical issue. You must make specific reference to theorists and concepts we have studied in this course).
Part II – Jared’s Argument: Now choose a moral theory for Jared (natural law theory, Kantianism, utilitarianism, contractarianism, or virtue theory, but not the same theory as Kayla), and explain why the theory he espouses leads him to see different options as available to him with regard to the pregnancy. (In this section, you will be evaluated based on your ability to apply the tenets of the theory to this applied bioethical issue. You must make specific reference to theorists and concepts we have studied in this course).
Part III – Your Argument: Since Kayla and Jared don’t agree, they ask you to tell them what you would do in their situation. Give your own moral arguments to support your view. (In this section, you will be evaluated based on your ability to clearly articulate moral arguments in support of your position. Note: you are not helping Kayla and Jared come to a compromise, you are simply telling them what you would do if you were in their shoes).