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 publicationAbortion
EditorsBelinda Bennett
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351961257
ISBN (Print)9780754622383
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameThe International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law

Bibliographical note

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


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