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[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 3. Abortion]

Full Idea

If a fetus that is being considered for abortion is known to be anencephalic (lacking a brain), this dramatically changes the issue for most people, though not for all.

Gist of Idea

Most people see an abortion differently if the foetus lacks a brain


Daniel Dennett (Kinds of Minds [1996], Ch.1)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Kinds of Minds' [Phoenix 1997], p.8

A Reaction

A very effective point, as it is hard to see what grounds could be given for not aborting in this case. But the brain then clearly becomes the focus of why abortion is often rejected by many people.