Feminist perspectives on abortion focus on a fact the moral implications of which are either overlooked or considered unimportant by most other disputants in the debate. This is the fact that a foetus is not a free-floating entity about whom questions of potentiality and personhood arise as though in a vacuum. Rather a foetus is a being whose existence and welfare are biologically and morally inseparable from the woman in whose body it develops. From a feminist perspective the central moral subjects of the abortion question are thus not only, or not primarily, foetuses but women.
|Title of host publication||Women, medicine, ethics and the law|
|Editors||Susan Sherwin, Barbara Parish|
|Place of Publication||Burlington, VT|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Name||International library of medicine, ethics and law|
Bibliographical noteOriginally published in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 70 (2) June, 1992, pp. 136-155.
Reissued 2018 by Routledge.