Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice

  title={Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice},
  author={Francis J. Beckwith},
Part I. Moral Reasoning, Law, and Politics: 1. Abortion and moral argument 2. The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and abortion law 3. Abortion, liberalism, and the neutral state Part II. Assessing the Case for Abortion-Choice and against Human Inclusiveness: 4. Science, the unborn, and abortion methods 5. Popular arguments: pity, tolerance, and ad hominem 6. The nature of humanness and whether the unborn is a moral subject 7. Does it really matter whether the unborn is a moral subject? The case… Expand
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