David Boonin-Vail. In her article, “A Defense of Abortion,” Judith Jarvis Thomson defended the following thesis: the impermissibility of abortion does. David Boonin has written the most thorough and detailed case for the moral permissibility of abortion yet published. Critically examining a wide range of. Boonin, David, A Defense of Abortion, Cambridge University Press, , pp, $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by: Win-chiat Lee.

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Drawing on Xefense [ 15p. Critically examining a wide array of arguments that have attempted to establish that every human fetus has a right to life, Boonin posits that all of these arguments fail on their own terms.

A background in informal logic and philosophy will certainly be helpful to the reader here. They had better look elsewhere for the source of the special obligation of the mother and perhaps even the father towards the fetus in non-rape cases to make a case for the moral impermissibility of abortion in such cases.

Brit Steiner marked it as to-read Jun 26, The discussion of developmental biology in Chapter 3 is really painfully defenxe while that’s to be expected for a book that is almost 15 years old, the material was actually about 10 years out of date when If published the book.

Josh Bertsch rated it really liked it Feb 04, With new prenatal testing, will babies with Down syndrome slowly disappear? Personhood, Property Rights, and the Permissibility of Abortion. Separating the infant from the fetus. However, if so, the implications must also be recognized, that is, fetuses can permissibly be anaesthetized in order to prevent consciousness and then killed after they have been born and a conjoined twin—dependent on his or her twin to survive—can permissibly be killed.


The aim of avoiding the burden of being connected is not consequently sufficient for the decision to disconnect herself; without the information about the violinist being a future burden to her, the disconnection would not have taken place.

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defensw Another way to object to my conclusion above—and to defend abortion of fetuses with Down syndrome—is to reject the moral relevance of this distinction. Laura Comalander rated it liked it Jan 05, It took the arguments I had, discounted them, and gave me better ones. First, there is the discussion of the all-too-familiar question, whether the fetus has the right to life Chs.

Alward – – Abortiln of Medical Ddfense 28 2: This line of argument is sometimes called the good Samaritan argument hereafter, GS argument for the permissibility of abortion, as it claims that requiring the woman to refrain from abortion would be like requiring her to act as a good Samaritan, which is an unjustifiable demand.

Boonin calls it the “Good Samaritan” argument. I conclude the article by making some preliminary remarks about how one might manage the situation posed by my argument. Abortion Ethics Without Metaphysics?



Even though there is no denying that a fetus at conception has a future-like-ours, another necessary ingredient is missing, namely, that the fetus values such a future. A similar objection would question the permissibility of anaesthetizing fetuses by drawing on the distinctions between allowing and doing or the principle of double effect.

Nor can we simply assume that such a non-rights-based approach will be unsuccessful without begging the question that the kind of moral reason against doing something that does not involve the violation of rights can never be conclusive. Jun 01, Ashley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A systematic multidisciplinary review of the evidence. Yes, the baby should live: Personhood, Potentiality, and Abortion. Jay rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Reproductive Ethics in Applied Ethics categorize this paper.

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The author is careful in framing the debate and stresses arguing on an opponent’s own terms. Killing fetuses and killing newborns.

Archives of Disease in Childhood. I believe that such a conclusion is a reductio ad absurdum argument against this criterion.