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On the Humanity of the Fetus

  • Baruch Brody
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)

Abstract

In earlier essays1, I have argued that if there is some point in the development of the fetus from which time on it is a living human being with all the rights of such an entity, then it would be wrong (except in one special case) to abort the fetus even to save the life of the mother, and then there should be strong laws prohibiting such abortions. In neither of those essays did I consider the question as to whether there is such a point, so I should like, in this essay, to outline an approach to finding the answer to that question.

Keywords

Genetic Code Natural Kind Fetal Development Fetal Movement Natural Response 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    “Abortion and the Law,” Journal of Philosophy (1971) and “Abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life,” American Philosophical Quarterly (1973).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    “Points in Deciding about Abortion” in Noonan’s The Morality of Abortion (Harvard, 1970), pp. 66–67. In that essay, Ramsey seems to alternate between that position and the time-of-segmentation position.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    In “An Almost Absolute Value in History” in his The Morality of Abortion (Harvard, 1970), pp. 56–57.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    In his “Understanding the Aboriton Argument,” Philosophy and Public Affairs (1971), p. 83.Google Scholar
  5. 8.
    In his Abortion: Law, Choice, and Morality (Macmillan, 1970), p. 334.Google Scholar
  6. 9.
    In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968).Google Scholar
  7. 10.
    In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 13.Google Scholar
  8. 11 In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 13.Google Scholar
  9. 12 In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 13.Google Scholar
  10. 13.
    In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 130.Google Scholar
  11. 14.
    In his “On Humanity and Abortion,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 92.Google Scholar
  12. 19.
    “Deciding Who Is Human,” Natural Law Forum (1968), p. 136.Google Scholar
  13. 22.
    For a full defense of this account, see my “De Re and De Dicto Interpretations of Modal Logic,” Philosophia (1972) and “Why Settle for Anything Less than Good Old-Fashioned Aristotelean Essentialism?” Nous (1973).Google Scholar
  14. 23.
    Tractus Logico-Philosophocus (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1961), 6.4311.Google Scholar

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  • Baruch Brody

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