Abortion pp 197-201 | Cite as

Commentary to Chapter 7

  • Mary C. Segers
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


Mary B. Mahowald has rightly chosen to tackle one of the most difficult aspects of the abortion controversy, namely, the relation between abortion and equality. In this controversy, both sides invoke the egalitarian imprimatur: prolifers, who stress the equal value of human life at every stage of development from womb to tomb, and abortion rights advocates, who see abortion as one of many planks in a platform designed to realize sexual equality and human equality. How is it that the same concept of equality can be used to justify diametrically opposite views?


Human Fetus Fetal Life Sexual Equality Probable Person Ideal Society 
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  1. Benededict, Ashley, Ethics and Medics 7, no. 4 (April, 1982), pp.1–2.Google Scholar
  2. J.L. Lucas, ‘Equality’ in Richard E. Flathman, ed., Concepts in Social Political Philosophy (New York: Macmillan, 1973), pp. 347–351.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Segers
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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Director of Women’s StudiesRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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