A Critique of Alison M. Jaggar on Abortion


Authors
Jason Zarri
San Francisco State University
Abstract
Alison M. Jaggar begins her article “Abortion and a Woman’s Right to Decide” by saying that she seeks to defend a right to abortion that is contingent on particular social circumstances; it is neither universal nor absolute. Her core claim is as follows: “… each woman should have the sole legal right to decide whether or not, in her own case, an abortion should be performed” (Living with Contradictions, p. 281). In formulating her ideas as she does, Jaggar hopes to sidestep a host of issues, such as the moral status of the fetus and whether or not a woman’s right to abortion derives from a right to control her own body. She assumes only what she takes to be two relatively uncontroversial moral principles, from which she concludes that in at least some cases abortion can be morally justified. I will argue below that these assumptions are far too flimsy a foundation to support the rights that Jaggar wants them to support.
Keywords Ethics  Applied Ethics  Alison Jaggar  Abortion  Rights  Feminist Ethics  Reproductive Ethics  Medical Ethics  Normative Ethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,282
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Regendering the U.S. Abortion Debate.Alison M. Jaggar - 1997 - Journal of Social Philosophy 28 (1):127-140.
Abortion, Society, and the Law.David F. Walbert - 1973 - Cleveland [Ohio]Press of Case Western Reserve University.
Global Responsibility and Western Feminism.Alison M. Jaggar - 2005 - In Barbara S. Andrew, Jean Clare Keller & Lisa H. Schwartzman (eds.), Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 185--200.
Animal Rights and Human Morality.Alison M. Jaggar & David H. Jaggar - 1983 - Teaching Philosophy 6 (3):297-301.
Feminist Ethics: Some Issues for the Nineties.Alison M. Jaggar - 1989 - Journal of Social Philosophy 20 (1-2):91-107.
Lecture Notes.Philip Howard - 2005 - Blackwell.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-11-22

Total views
38 ( #237,665 of 2,285,994 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #571,252 of 2,285,994 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature