Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 145–164 | Cite as

Adventures in Moral Consistency: How to Develop an Abortion Ethic through an Animal Rights Framework

  • Cheryl E. AbbateEmail author

The question of whether there is a connection between the moral discussions regarding animal rights and abortion has been the subject of on-going debate in both the academic literature and general public discourse.1 Singer (2011) accuses self-proclaimed “pro-life” advocates of hypocrisy for regularly dining on the flesh of animals while claiming to promote “life.” He enjoins anti-abortionists to give the fetus the same moral standing as they would a nonhuman animal at a similar level of “rationality, self-consciousness, awareness, capacity to feel, and so on” (Singer 2011, 136). Theologians like Scully (2013, 2013*) and Camosy (2013) acknowledge this demand for moral consistency and, as a result, have come to embrace and advocate for an animal liberation ethic in light of the principles of non-violence and respect for life which support their conservative, anti-abortion ethic. In this same spirit, Black (2003) defends what he refers to as a homological view: a view that draws...


Abortion Animal rights Moral consistency 


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  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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