A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion

Understanding the Moral Arguments

A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion

A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion addresses some of the most prominent and influential arguments to the abortion debate. Les mer
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A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion

A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion addresses some of the most prominent and influential arguments to the abortion debate. These include the Being a Person verses Functioning as a Person Argument, women's rights vis-a-vis the rights of the foetus, personhood as an essentially contested concept, and a virtue ethics approach. Also covered are central bioethical issues concerning prenatal screening, stem cell research and cloning. Based on a critical assessment of the evidence, the book offers an impartial view and draws on the importance of critical thinking and the logic of argumentation. Providing an overview of the legal history of abortion in the United States, it discusses five of the most influential Supreme Court cases on abortion law during the past fifty years and examines the current state of abortion law, politics and the main trends.

Presenting a balance between ethical concepts, views and arguments, A Critical Introduction to the Ethics of Abortion is an up-to-date introduction to the choice of abortion illustrating the importance of evidence, clear thinking and good arguments for supporting one's ethical beliefs.

Introduction

1. Personhood Arguments for the Moral Permissibility of Abortion
2. Personhood Arguments for the Moral Wrongness of Abortion
3. What If We Cannot Determine the Concept of Personhood?
4. Women's Rights
5. The Ethics of Killing: The Deprivation Argument
6. A Virtue Approach to Abortion
7. Feminism and Abortion
8. Prenatal Screening and Human Genetic Ethical Issues
9. Abortion and the Law

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Index

An impartial overview of some of the most influential moral arguments that have been advanced in the past 50 years on the ethics of abortion.

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