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The Moral Case for Abortion

A Defence of Reproductive Choice

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Draws on sociology and philosophy to construct a moral case for reproductive choice

  • Surveys the abortion debate across the US, Ireland, the UK, and Europe

  • Makes a unique argument to challenge pro-life ethical assumptions

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Why Abortion Is a Fact of Life

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 11-33
  3. The Case Against Abortion

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 35-63
  4. It Is Human? Do We Care?

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 93-115
  5. Because Women Are People

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 117-134
  6. Claims of Conscience

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 135-156
  7. New Challenges to Choice

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 157-179
  8. Self-Determination

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 181-200
  9. The Most Important Freedom

    • Ann Furedi
    Pages 201-207
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 209-224

About this book

"Under Furedi's leadership, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service pledged never to turn away a request for abortion that we could safely and legally provide. This is the theory behind that practice. Moral decisions should be made by those who will live with them. This is a crucial read for anyone who wants to understand what it means to believe in women’s reproductive autonomy.”
Clare Murphy, Chief Executive British Pregnancy Advisory Service

This revised and updated edition of the 2016 bestselling work sets out the moral arguments for a woman’s right to decide the future of her pregnancy. Drawing on traditions of philosophical and sociological thinking, it presents the case for recognizing autonomy in personal, private decision-making about reproductive intentions. Further, it argues that to prevent a woman making this decision according to her own values is to undermine the essence of her humanity. The author explores how true respect for human life and regard for individual conscience demands that we support a woman’s right to decide, and that support for her right to terminate her pregnancy has moral foundations and ethical integrity.

This second edition features a foreword by US abortion provider and reproductive justice advocate Dr. Willie Parker, as well as additional chapters that consider the rights of doctors and nurses to withdraw from abortion provision on grounds of conscience. Furedi also surveys the rapidly changing landscape of the abortion debate, including the rights of women in the aftermath of Trump's presidency; debates, politics and religion in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; and the differing levels of provision across Europe.

Ann Furedi has been a leading global pro-choice advocate for almost 40 years, 17 years as CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Service. She has written extensively on the ethics of abortion and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the University of Kent in recognition of her contribution.

Keywords

  • Contraception
  • Birth-control
  • Family planning
  • Pro-life
  • Pro-choice
  • Ethics
  • End of life
  • Fetus
  • Conception
  • Fertilization
  • Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Catholicism
  • Enlightenment
  • Sex
  • Women’s health
  • Women's rights
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Feminism

Reviews

"Under Furedi's leadership, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service pledged never to turn away a request for abortion that we could safely and legally provide. This is the theory behind that practice. Moral decisions should be made by those who will live with them. This is a crucial read for anyone who wants to understand what it means to believe in women’s reproductive autonomy.”
Clare Murphy, Chief Executive British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faversham, UK

    Ann Furedi

About the author

Ann Furedi has been a leading global pro-choice advocate for almost 40 years, 17 years as CEO of British Pregnancy Advisory Service. She has written extensively on the ethics of abortion and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the University of Kent in recognition of her contribution.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 14.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-90189-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)