Situation Ethics response to abortion?
Situation Ethics grew out of a tradition that viewed abortion as an evil act.
Fletcher said we should not get rid of rules - they are a useful guide in most situations.
However, the only thing good in itself is love, and we may be required to 'push our principles aside and do the right thing'.
The Church of England's position, that abortion is evil but may be the 'lesser of two evils' is consistent with a situationist approach. If a woman has been raped, abortion may be an act of love.
In an exam, it would be helpful to consider case studies.
For example, where a foetus has a serious disability and the parents are worried that they would be unable to bring up the child financially, or that doing so might take time away from their other children, it may be a compassionate response to abort the foetus to take away such a great burden.