A response to mulder

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mulder’s chapter, and found myself quite sympathetic to much of what he has to say, particularly in reference to his analysis of Thomson’s argument. I also think he brings up three peripheral, but nevertheless really important, issues: the prima facie moral impermissibility of late-term abortions, whether birth control measures such as the “morning-after pill” are actual abortifacients, and whether pro-life advocates are inconsistent in not really seeming to care about natural embryo loss. I will discuss these towards the end of the chapter. While I am not able to touch upon every single argument he proffers, I will address what appear to me to be his most formidable and relevant ones. First, I would like to address his arguments in favor of animalism and person essentialism. Second, I will address his arguments against Judith Jarvis Thomson’s pro-choice stance, which I heavily endorsed in my chapter and for which Mulder’s responses have served to give me great pause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCivil Dialogue on Abortion
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781351819244
ISBN (Print)9781138205864
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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