The Pregnancy Rescue Case: why abortion is immoral

Journal of Medical Ethics 50 (5):332-334 (2024)
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Abstract

In cases in which we must choose between either (i) preventing a woman from remaining unwillingly pregnant or (ii) preventing a fetus from being killed, we should prevent the fetus from being killed. But this suggests that in typical cases abortion is wrong: typical abortions involve preventing a woman from remaining unwillingly pregnant over preventing a fetus from being killed. And so abortion is typically wrong—and this holds whether or not fetuses are persons.

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Perry Hendricks
Purdue University

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The Pregnancy Rescue Case: a reply to Hendricks.Nathan William Davies - 2024 - Journal of Medical Ethics 50 (5):345-346.
Four problems for the pregnancy rescue case.Alex Gillham - 2024 - Journal of Medical Ethics 50 (5):340-341.
Ectogenesis rescue case: a reply to Hendricks.William Simkulet - forthcoming - Journal of Medical Ethics.

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A defense of abortion.Judith Jarvis Thomson - 1971 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 1 (1):47-66.
Why abortion is immoral.Don Marquis - 1989 - Journal of Philosophy 86 (4):183-202.
A Defense of Abortion.David Boonin - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.

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