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Abortion Reexamined: A Closer look at Moral Status

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2020
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Roe vs. Wade, a landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion, has been recently challenged. Although public opinion shows that most Americans oppose overturning Roe, various states have introduced legislation to force the court to reconsider the issue. Drawing on the work of philosopher Mary Anne Warren, I argue that while the fetus is worthy of moral consideration it is not yet worthy of personhood and cannot be granted greater legal rights than the mother; and that Roe as it stands today already provides an appropriate compromise between the two sides of the debate, because it acknowledges a women’s freedom to control her reproduction, but also acknowledges interests the state may have in the life of the fetus, and should not be overturned.
Title: Abortion Reexamined: A Closer look at Moral Status.
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Name(s): Hernandez, Katherine , author
Tunick, Mark E. , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 84 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Roe vs. Wade, a landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion, has been recently challenged. Although public opinion shows that most Americans oppose overturning Roe, various states have introduced legislation to force the court to reconsider the issue. Drawing on the work of philosopher Mary Anne Warren, I argue that while the fetus is worthy of moral consideration it is not yet worthy of personhood and cannot be granted greater legal rights than the mother; and that Roe as it stands today already provides an appropriate compromise between the two sides of the debate, because it acknowledges a women’s freedom to control her reproduction, but also acknowledges interests the state may have in the life of the fetus, and should not be overturned.
Identifier: FA00003710 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2020.
Collection: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library Collections
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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