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Abortion and the Morality of Feticide: Part II

February 16th, 2011 155 Comments

In my last post, Abortion and the Morality of Feticide: Part I, I briefly sketched an argument against feticide, [1] It is wrong to kill a human being without justification; [2] A fetus is a human being; [3] In the case of feticide (at least in the majority of cases) insufficient or no justification is forthcoming. […]

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Abortion and the Morality of Feticide: Part I

February 10th, 2011 168 Comments

Is it morally permissible to commit feticide? The abortion debate swirls around this question, a lot of rhetoric, emotion and anger gets spent on debating this question or avoiding it. In this series I will examine this question. First I will sketch an argument against feticide: the killing of a fetus. Then I will examine […]

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Boonin’s Defense of the Sentience Criterion: A Critique Part II

July 16th, 2009 No Comments

In Boonin’s Defense of the Sentience Criterion: A Critique Part I, I noted that a defender of the permissibility of feticide, who does not also want to endorse infanticide and who defends the sentience criterion, must “identify a reason for holding that the potential of a human brain is morally relevant after” the fetus acquires […]

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Boonin’s Defense of the Sentience Criterion: A Critique Part I

July 15th, 2009 3 Comments

This two-part series was originally published as: Matthew Flannagan “Boonin’s Defense of the Sentience Criterion: A Critique” Ethics and Medicine – An International Journal of Bioethics Vol 25:2 (Summer 2009) 95-106. It is reproduced on this blog with permission. Abstract Defenders of the permissibility of feticide commonly argue that killing an organism is not homicide […]

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