Many find this aspect of utilitarianism objectionable, and thus reject utilitarianism as a moral theory. For example, the philosopher David Oderberg writes with consequentialist theories in mind: “… the principle of the unconditional protection of human life is at the center of morality. No moral philosophy that demotes or qualifies this principle … can hope to call itself humane or to command the respect of right-thinking people.” (Applied Ethics: A non-consequentialist approach; p. 48)
What do you think? Why?