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My body, still my choice: an objection to Hendricks on abortion
  1. Kyle van Oosterum
  1. Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Kyle van Oosterum, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, Oxford, UK; kyle.vanoosterum{at}


In ‘My body, not my choice: against legalised abortion’, Hendricks offers an intriguing argument that suggests the state can coerce pregnant women into continuing to sustain their fetuses. His argument consists partly in countering Boonin’s defence of legalised abortion, followed by an argument from analogy. I argue in this response article that his argument from analogy fails and, correspondingly, it should still be a woman’s legal choice to have an abortion. My key point concerns the burdensomeness of pregnancy which is morally relevant to the question of whether the state can coerce people to use their bodies to help another person.

  • Abortion - Induced
  • Women's rights
  • Policy

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  • Contributors All work was done solely by KvO.

  • 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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