Verbal Ability – Summary – Should the moral obligation to rescue

The passage given below is followed by four summaries. Choose the option that best captures the author’s position.

Should the moral obligation to rescue and aid persons in grave peril, felt by a few, be enforced by the criminal law? Should we follow the lead of a number of European countries and enact bad Samaritan laws? Proponents of bad Samaritan laws must overcome at least three different sorts of obstacles. First, they must show the laws are morally legitimate in principle, that is, that the duty to aid others is a proper candidate for legal enforcement. Second, they must show that this duty to aid can be defined in a way that can be fairly enforced by the courts. Third, they must show that the benefits of the laws are worth their problems, risks and costs.

  1. Everyone agrees that people ought to aid others, the only debate is whether to have a law on it.
  2. If bad Samaritan laws are found to be legally sound and enforceable they must be enacted.
  3. A number of European countries that have successfully enacted bad Samaritan laws may serve as model statutes.
  4. Bad Samaritan laws may be desirable but they need to be tested for legal soundness.


Option (4)

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