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Arguments about AbortionPersonhood, Morality, and Law$
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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766780.003.0005

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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