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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

ISBN13: 9780521691352
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £21.99

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Defending Life is arguably the most comprehensive defense of the prolife position on abortion - morally, legally, and politically - that has ever been published in an academic monograph. It offers a detailed and critical analysis of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as arguments by those who defend a Rawlsian case for abortion-choice, such as J. J. Thomson.

The author defends the substance view of persons as the view with the most explanatory power. The substance view entails that the unborn is a subject of moral rights from conception. While defending this view, the author responds to the arguments of thinkers such as Boonin, Dworkin, Stretton, Ford, and Brody. He also critiques Thomson's famous violinist argument and its revisions by Boonin and McDonagh. Defending Life includes chapters critiquing arguments found in popular politics and the controversy over cloning and stem cell research.

  • The most sophisticated defense of the prolife position on abortion
  • The only book that defends the philosophical, scientific, legal and political cases for the prolife view
  • Deals honestly, carefully, and respectfully with the best moral, legal, and political arguments for abortion choice

Medical Law
Part I. Moral Reasoning, Law, and Politics:
1. Abortion and moral argument
2. The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and abortion law
3. Abortion, liberalism, and the neutral state
Part II. Assessing the Case for Abortion-Choice and Against Human Inclusiveness:
4. Science, the unborn, and abortion methods
5. Popular arguments: pity, tolerance, and ad hominem
6. The nature of humanness and whether the unborn is a moral subject
7. Does it really matter whether the unborn is a moral subject? The case from bodily autonomy
Part III. Extending and Concluding the Argument:
8. Cloning, bioethics, and reproductive liberty
9. Conclusion - a case for human inclusiveness.