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Why there is no dilemma for the birth strategy: a response to Bobier and Omelianchuk
  1. Prabhpal Singh1,2
  1. 1 Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to Prabhpal Singh, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada; psing134{at}


Bobier and Omelianchuk argue that the Birth Strategy for addressing analogies between abortion and infanticide is saddled with a dilemma. It must be accepted that non-therapeutic late-term abortions are either, impermissible, or they are not. If accepted, then the Birth Strategy is undermined. If not, then the highly unintuitive claim that non-therapeutic late-term abortions are permissible must be accepted. I argue that the moral principle employed to defend the claim that non-therapeutic late-term abortions are morally impermissible fails to do so. Furthermore, the principle that people have a right to bodily autonomy can be used as an argument for the conclusion that non-therapeutic late-term abortions are permissible and is intuitively stronger than the intuition for the opposite of this conclusion. This is because people having a right to bodily autonomy explains the impermissibility of rape and sexual assault. Consequently, the posited dilemma is defused and does not undermine the Birth Strategy.

  • Abortion - Induced
  • Infanticide
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Fetus

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  • Contributors PS is the sole author.

  • 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.

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

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