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Abortion and Moral Repugnancy

Thomas, Professor Laurence (2006) Abortion and Moral Repugnancy. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Most arguments concerning abortion center around the issue of rights. This short essay argues that there can be important considerations regarding the matter that have nothing whatsoever to do with rights. In general, the issue of moral decency has never been entirely settled by reference to rights. It can be morally repugnant to do some thing even if one would be acting perfectly within one's rights. I argue that with advances in technology this will turn out to be the case with abortion, given the possibility of transferring a fetus from one womb to another.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:fetus, abortion, rights, moral decency
Subjects:Philosophy > Ethics
ID Code:5074
Deposited By:Thomas, Professor Laurence
Deposited On:18 Aug 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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-Judith Jarvis Thomas, "A Defense of Abortion," Philosophy & Public Affairs (1971)

-Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson, Democracy and Disagreement (Harvard University Press, 1996)

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