Abortion and Variabilism

  • Melinda A. Roberts
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 107)


In what follows, I argue for three claims. First, what I will call early abortion is ordinarily, and almost always in the case where it is what the pregnant woman wants, permissible. And that is so, whether she wants the early abortion for a good reason, a poor reason or no reason at all.


Pregnant Woman Down Syndrome Significant Loss Worth Living Moral Significance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and ReligionCollege of New JerseyEwingUSA

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