Even if the fetus is not a person, abortion is immoral: The impairment argument.

Abstract:

:Much of the debate about the ethics of abortion has centered on whether the fetus is a person. In an attempt to sidestep this complex issue, I argue that, even if the fetus is not a person, abortion is immoral. To arrive at this conclusion, I argue that giving a fetus fetal alcohol syndrome is immoral, and that if this is so, then killing the fetus is immoral. Roughly, this is because killing the fetus impairs it more than giving it fetal alcohol syndrome. Since abortion (in most cases) amounts to killing the fetus, this means that abortion (in most cases) is immoral. I defend the premises of this argument against a plethora of objections, concluding that they either do not work, or commit their proponent to a controversial position.

journal_name

Bioethics

journal_title

Bioethics

authors

Hendricks P

doi

10.1111/bioe.12533

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2019-02-01 00:00:00

pages

245-253

issue

2

eissn

0269-9702

issn

1467-8519

journal_volume

33

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