Defending Life

A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice

by Francis J. Beckwith

Defending Life is arguably the most comprehensive defense of the pro-life position on abortion - morally, legally, and politically - that has ever been published in an academic monograph. It offers a detailed and critical analysis of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey as well as arguments by those who defend a Rawlsian case for abortion-choice, such as J. J. Thomson. The author defends the substance view of persons as the view with the most explanatory power. The substance view entails that the unborn is a subject of moral rights from conception. While defending this view, the author responds to the arguments of thinkers such as Boonin, Dworkin, Stretton, Ford and Brody. He also critiques Thomson's famous violinist argument and its revisions by Boonin and McDonagh. Defending Life includes chapters critiquing arguments found in popular politics and the controversy over cloning and stem cell research.
  • Cambridge University Press; August 2007
  • ISBN: 9780511332326
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  • Title: Defending Life
  • Author: Francis J. Beckwith
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'Beckwith offers an internally coherent and reasonably convincing case for the pro-life position.' Political Studies Review