Single Idea 4673

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

Full Idea

Abortion differs morally from deliberate non-conception only in its side-effects.

Gist of Idea

Abortion differs morally from deliberate non-conception only in its side-effects

Source

Jonathan Glover (Causing Death and Saving Lives [1977], 11.4)

Book Reference

Glover,Jonathan: 'Causing Death and Saving Lives' [Penguin 1982], p.144


A Reaction

This conclusion follows from a denial of any intrinsic value to a foetus, which in turns seems to imply that an adult human has no intrinsic value. Something must have intrinsic value, or nothing has any value at all.