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Abortion and Ectogenesis: Moral Compromise
  1. William Simkulet
  1. Humanities, Park University, Parkville, MO 64152, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr William Simkulet, Andover, KS 67002, USA; Simkuletwm{at}


The contemporary philosophical literature on abortion primarily revolves around three seemingly intractable debates, concerning the (1) moral status of the fetus, (2) scope of women’s rights and (3) moral relevance of the killing/letting die distinction. The possibility of ectogenesis—technology that would allow a fetus to develop outside of a gestational mother’s womb—presents a unique opportunity for moral compromise. Here, I argue those opposed to abortion have a prima facie moral obligation to pursue ectogenesis technology and provide ectogenesis for disconnected fetuses as part of a moral compromise.

  • abortion
  • ectogenesis
  • personhood
  • moral compromise
  • Killing/Letting die distinction

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  • Contributors WS is the sole contributor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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