The Philosophers' Magazine 77:41-46 (2017)

Fiona Woollard
University of Southampton
I became a philosopher because I was fascinated by the ethics of abortion. Not only is abortion a crucial practical issue – a matter of life or death – but it forces us to grapple with some of the hardest and yet most significant philosophical questions: If we agree that all human beings have a right to life, what entities do we count as human beings? What characteristics, if any, are necessary? What happens when one entity’s life clashes with another’s bodily integrity? What are the roles of responsibility, consent and fore-knowledge?
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest  pregnancy  pregnancy sickness  abortion
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ISBN(s) 1354-814X
DOI 10.5840/tpm20177746
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