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Orphans and the relational significance of birth: a response to Singh

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Prabhpal Singh has defended a relational account of the difference in moral status between fetuses and newborns. Newborns stand in the parent-child relation while fetuses do not, and standing in the parent-child relationship brings with it higher moral status for newborns. Orphans pose a problem for this account because they do not stand in a parent-child relationship. I argue that Singh has not satisfactorily responded to the problem.

  • Abortion
  • Infanticide
  • Moral Status
  • Newborns and Minors
  • Embryos and Fetuses
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