Single Idea 4663

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 3. Abortion]

Full Idea

The case against abortion rests either on the claim that the foetus is a human being (or a potential human being), or on the different claim that the foetus is a person (or potential person).

Gist of Idea

If abortion is wrong, it is because a foetus is a human being or a person (or potentially so)


Jonathan Glover (Causing Death and Saving Lives [1977], 9)

Book Reference

Glover,Jonathan: 'Causing Death and Saving Lives' [Penguin 1982], p.120

A Reaction

The obvious problem with 'potential' is that every time Jack meets Jill there is a potential birth. And an early foetus is barely human, and clearly not a person.