Thursday, January 8, 2009

dealing with the more sophisticated arguments for abortion

Excerpts from a review of Francis Beckwith's Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice in Touchstone by Anne Hendershott...

Hendershott opens by noting that, in the early days of legal abortion, those on the pro-choice side argued that "abortion was of little consequence" since it "was just the removal of an unformed clump of cells".

Today, pro-choice philosophers and legal scholars "offer sophisticated arguments that acknowledge the possibility of personhood for unborn life...yet claim the support of reason for legal abortion." (See: my earlier post on how inconvenient this help is viewed by political activists in the pro-choice movement.)

In a nutshell, Hendershott describes Beckwith's effort as a necessary, sophisticated response.


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