Welfare, Abortion, and Organ Donation: A Reply to the Restrictivist

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 33 (2):290-295 (2024)
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Abstract

We argued in a recent issue of this journal that if abortion is restricted,1 then there are parallel obligations for parents to donate body parts to their children. The strength of this obligation to donate is proportional to the strength of the abortion restrictions. If abortion is never permissible, then a parent must always donate any organ if they are a match. If abortion is sometimes permissible and sometimes not, then organ donation is sometimes obligatory and sometimes not. Our argument was based on the following ideas: (a) that a fetus has full moral status, (b) that parents have special obligations to their offspring, fetus or not, and (c) that this special obligation is to protect them. The result is the conclusion that abortion restrictivists cannot also consistently deny that organ donation should be compulsory.

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Parker Crutchfield
Western Michigan University School Of Medicine

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The Duty to Protect, Abortion, and Organ Donation.Emily Carroll & Parker Crutchfield - 2022 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 31 (3):333-343.
Restrictivism, Abortion, and Organ Donation.William Simkulet - 2022 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 31 (3):348-354.

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