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Arguments about Abortion: Personhood, Morality, and Law

Kate Greasley


Does the morality of abortion depend on the moral status of the human fetus? Must the law of abortion give an answer to the question about exactly when personhood begins? Can a law which permits late abortion but not infanticide be morally justified? These are just some of the questions this book sets out to address. An extended analysis of the moral and legal status of abortion, the book offers an account of abortion which keeps philosophical disagreement about ‘personhood’ at the centre of the debate. Structured in three parts the book considers the relevance of prenatal personhood for the m ... More

Keywords: abortion, moral status, late abortion, infanticide, Ronald Dworkin, Judith Jarvis Thomson, personhood, prenatal, selective abortion, conscientious objection to abortion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766780
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Greasley, author
Lecturer in Law, University College London