By David Boonin
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A defense of abortion will be more effective the more it can work from premises that critics of abortion accept, and surely most critics of abortion believe that you and I do have a right to life. In arguing against the first claim made by the rights-based argument in Chapters 2 and 3, I will therefore simply assume that you and I do, in fact, have a right to life. If this assumption proves to be mistaken, then the rights-based argument against abortion will fail for that reason. My concern is to demonstrate that 6 This is not to say that there is never a good reason to break up a particular set of reasons given for believing that the fetus has a right to life into two distinct sets of reasons.
If one thought the shroud sacred in this sense because it had been used to cover the body of Jesus, for example, then if one later determined that the shroud had not been so used, one would no longer consider the shroud sacred even though none of one’s beliefs about the properties of the shroud itself would have changed. But in another sense, the term is nontheological, meaning simply that something is worthy of reverence or awe. In this sense, one might believe that the few surviving ancient redwoods in a forest are sacred, not in virtue of their relation to something or someone holy, but simply because they are in and of themselves awe inspiring, such as to induce a sense of wonderment in a suitably sensitive person.
But presenting the rights-based argument against abortion in terms of the claim that the fetus is a person is neither necessary nor illuminating. This is so because the term person is ambiguous. On the one hand, person can be used in a purely normative sense. So understood, the claim that the fetus is a person simply means that the fetus has a right to life. On this construal of the term, any reason for believing that the fetus is a person just is a reason for believing that the fetus has a right to life.
A Defense of Abortion by David Boonin