Res Publica 15 (1):17-31 (2008)

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Lawrence Torcello
Rochester Institute of Technology
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This article confronts growing conservative opposition to abortion based on the claim that abortion is morally equivalent to infanticide. By examining the relationship between moral skepticism and precautionary ethics the article promotes a completely permissive position on abortion from conception to birth while consistently rejecting the possibility that such a position entails permissive implications for infanticide. The article introduces and traces the implicit relationship between moral skepticism, the precautionary principle and political liberalism.
Keywords Abortion  Infanticide  John Rawls  Moral skepticism  Moral pluralism  Political liberalism  Precautionary principle  Public reason
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