Abortion and embodiment

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen, medicine, ethics and the law
EditorsSusan Sherwin, Barbara Parish
Place of PublicationBurlington, VT
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0754620468
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameInternational library of medicine, ethics and law

Bibliographical note

Originally published in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 70 (2) June, 1992, pp. 136-155.

Reissued 2018 by Routledge.


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