Attitudes toward moral issues change as time progresses, but in 2014 a poll found Americans were most concerned about extramarital affairs, cloning of humans, polygamy and suicide. The Gallup poll reveals growing, but still limited, acceptance of abortion and doctor-assisted suicide.Continue Reading
Americans largely accepted 11 of 19 behaviors considered moral issues that Gallup questioned people about in May 2014. Seventy percent of Americans questioned for the poll found cloning, polygamy, suicide and cheating on a spouse highly unacceptable. More than 60 percent of respondents accepted sex between unmarried adult heterosexuals, divorce, research on stem cells from human embryos, gambling and the death penalty.
There are differences between Republicans and Democrats on moral issues. For example, 72 percent of Democrats said having a baby outside of marriage is OK, but only 40 percent of Republicans agree. About 73 percent of Republicans support the death penalty, while only 52 percent of Democrats do. Fifty-nine percent of Democrats and just 28 percent of Republicans say abortion is morally acceptable.
Moral issues may be examined in the broader context of freedom and some basic rights: the right to the truth when making decisions, to privacy and to say and do as one wants as long as one doesn't hurt others, not to be injured, and to receive what parties agree to in contracts or other arrangements.Learn more about Ethics
Arguments in favor of supporting pornography include that doing so upholds freedom of speech, that modern pornography engages in female-friendly policies and is empowering to women, and that it helps humans become comfortable with their sexuality. Arguments against pornography include that it encourages abuse and degradation, that it significantly limits the definition of beauty and sex and thereby marginalizes the female sexual experience, and that it minimizes the impact of violence.Full Answer >
Ethical considerations involve researchers who undertake studies of human behavior, medical advances or technological devices, while taking into account how humans may feel about the potential outcomes of the research. Controversial subjects that involve ethical considerations include abortion, health care costs, capital punishment and human cloning.Full Answer >
Ethics is a branch of philosophy concerned with how humans should live, and what should be considered right and wrong. The word originates from the ancient Greek word "ethos," but the concept is much older, with every society possessing its own code of ethics, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.Full Answer >
Some key ethical issues facing contemporary society include how to provide welfare and charity support to the poor, how to deal with addiction, whether to permit euthanasia, how to treat animals and the environment and what stance to take on population control. Government corruption and wealth disparity both remain perennial ethical issues, along with society's approach to rehabilitating criminals.Full Answer >