Journal Article

Abortion and the Human Animal

Christopher Tollefsen

in Christian bioethics: Non-Ecumenical Studies in Medical Morality

Published on behalf of The Journal of Christian Bioethics Inc.

Volume 10, issue 1, pages 105-116
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1380-3603
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1744-4195 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13803600490489988
Abortion and the Human Animal

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I discuss three topics. First, there is a philosophical connecting thread between several recent trends in the abortion discussion, namely, the issue of our animal nature, and physical embodiment. The philosophical name given to the position that you and I are essentially human animals is “animalism.” In Section II of this paper, I argue that animalism provides a unifying theme to recent discussions of abortion. In Section III, I discuss what we do not find among recent trends in the abortion discussion, namely “the right to privacy.” I suggest some reasons why the right to privacy is conspicuous by its absence. Finally, I address Patrick Lee's claim that the evil of abortion involves “the moral deterioration that the act brings to those who are complicit in it, and to the culture that fosters it.”

Keywords: abortion; animalism; personal identity; privacy; stem cell research

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