Arguments about Abortion: Personhood, Morality, and Law

Hardcover | February 12, 2017

byKate Greasley

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Does the morality of abortion depend on the moral status of the human fetus? Must the law of abortion presume an answer to the question of when personhood begins? Can a law which permits late abortion but not infanticide be morally justified? These are just some of the questions this book setsout to address. With an extended analysis of the moral and legal status of abortion, Kate Greasley offers an alternative account to the reputable arguments of Ronald Dworkin and Judith Jarvis Thomson and instead brings the philosophical notion of 'personhood' to the foreground of this debate. Structured in three parts, the book will (I) consider the relevance of prenatal personhood for the moral and legal evaluation of abortion; (II) trace the key features of the conventional debate about when personhood begins and explore the most prominent issues in abortion ethics literature: thehuman equality problem and the difference between abortion and infanticide; and (III) examine abortion law and regulation as well as the differing attitudes to selective abortion. The book concludes with a snapshot into the current controversy surrounding the scope of the right to conscientiouslyobject to participation in abortion provision.

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Does the morality of abortion depend on the moral status of the human fetus? Must the law of abortion presume an answer to the question of when personhood begins? Can a law which permits late abortion but not infanticide be morally justified? These are just some of the questions this book setsout to address. With an extended analysis o...

Kate Greasley is a Lecturer in Law at University College, Oxford. After completing her doctorate in law at New College, Oxford, she was appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship in Law at University College from 2013 to 2016. Her research and teaching covers medical law and ethics, criminal law, and legal theory. She has written extens...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:February 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: Ordering the Argument1. What Should Abortion Argument be About?2. Gestation as Good Samaritanism3. Abortion as Justified Homicide4. Analogical Arguments and Sex EqualityPart Two: The Threshold of Personhood5. Vagueness, Arbitrariness, and 'Punctualism'6. Dualism, Substantial Identity, and the Precautionary Principle7. Gradualism and Human Embodiment8. Human Equality and the Significance of BirthPart Three: Principle and Pragmatism9. Regulating Abortion10. Selective Abortion: Sex and Disability11. Matters of Conscience