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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Here defenes how two scientists put it, when commenting on the emergence of fetal consciousness:. In either case, one fails to justify abortion while rejecting the permissibility of infanticide.

However, because fetuses with Down lf are aborted baortion late in pregnancy, 4 the differences are limited. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Want to Read saving…. However, when the violinist is examined three months after she is first connected, it is suggested that the future existence of the violinist would burden her more than it would benefit her.

Nevertheless, screening fetuses for Down syndrome has become a common obstetric practice in many countries [ 5 ], and as no treatment is available for the defects detected, the screening is intended to provide information that can serve as a basis for deciding whether or not to abort the fetus [ 6 ].

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Finally he considers several pro-life arguments that do not depend on claims that the fetus has a right to life and concludes that these too are ultimately unsuccessful. Buy the selected items together This item: Jodi Jacobson marked it as to-read Feb 22, Regardless, the pro-life feminist’s appeal davod the value of caring to make an argument against abortion is problematic on other grounds.


In both cases, the proponents of the GS argument assume that human persons are being killed. Selected pages Title Page. If there are persons ready to adopt the child once it is born, then it is possible to avoid the burden of being a parent without killing the infant. Suppose it were impossible to diagnose fetuses with Down syndrome, such information being obtainable only after birth.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Finally, Dzvid considers a number of arguments against abortion that do not depend on aborgion claim that the fetus has a right to life, including those based on the golden rule, considerations of uncertainty and a commitment to certain feminist principles, and asserts that these positions, too, are ultimately unsuccessful.

Josh Bertsch rated it really liked it Feb 04, Nicole marked it as to-read Jan 21, Critically examining a wide array of od 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. 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.

The most helpful account of moral permissibility Boonin offers is the following: Immediate animation and delayed hominization. The author explains the contrast between morally criticizable and morally permissible. However, such worries are still about the consequences of the diagnosis and the possible physiological sequelae for the parents and the s of the family after birth.

Too much so, in fact.

A Defense of Abortion

Which of these three positions are the most reasonable? Another option is to reject these criteria and not accept the permissibility of infanticide under these circumstances.


I hope that it is a good resource for those in the discussion, because it does a much better job than many of the other things that people read around this issue. Erin rated it really liked it Nov 27, Pablo Stafforini rated it it was ok Oct 21, Review “I have never read a better examination of all the defese that have aboortion raised against abortion. He then argu The central thesis of philosopher David Boonin is that the moral case against abortion can be shown to be unsuccessful on terms that critics of abortion can and do accept.

To ask other readers questions about A Defense of Abortionplease sign up. One problem I have with the book as a whole is its preoccupation with showing that the arguments of the critics of abortion can be defeated on their own grounds.

In other words, one cannot use these criteria to differentiate between abortion and infanticide because they permit both actions. According to this argument, there is no difference between the moral status of the fetus and the infant; on the contrary, both entities are assumed to have a right to life.

Rather it is the difference with regard to the moral status of the actions that address the burden of unwanted pregnancies and of unwanted infants respectively that generally justifies the differentiation between abortion and infanticide, and that difference is due to the intentions of the daavid. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

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