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Egalitarianism, moral status and abortion: a reply to Miller
  1. Joona Räsänen
  1. CEPDISC—Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joona Räsänen, CEPDISC - Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; joona.rasanen{at}ps.au.dk

Abstract

Calum Miller recently argued that a commitment to a very modest form of egalitarianism—equality between non-disabled human adults—implies fetal personhood. Miller claims that the most plausible basis for human equality is in being human—an attribute which fetuses have—therefore, abortion is likely to be morally wrong. In this paper, I offer a plausible defence for the view that equality between non-disabled human adults does not imply fetal personhood. I also offer a challenge for Miller’s view.

  • Abortion - Induced
  • Ethics- Medical
  • Fetus
  • Infanticide
  • Moral Status

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Footnotes

  • Contributors JR is the sole author of this work.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

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