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Kate Greasley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766780.001.0001

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Analogical Arguments and Sex Equality

Analogical Arguments and Sex Equality

(p.87) 4 Analogical Arguments and Sex Equality
Arguments about Abortion

Kate Greasley

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the view that considerations of sex equality relegate the personhood question to irrelevancy in the abortion debate. That is, sex equality is a sound basis for abortion rights whether or not the fetus is a person. It argues that the sex equality interest in reproductive control is not sufficient to justify abortion philosophically. Other things must also be true—namely, that the fetus is not a person, certainly not in the fullest sense. If the interest in sex equality justifies abortion rights, this can only be because the fetus is something less than a person, since the furtherance of sex equality is not a justification for homicide.

Keywords:   abortion, gender equality, sex equality, fetal personhood, human fetus, reproductive control, homicide

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