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If Abortion, then Infanticide

Overview of attention for article published in Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, August 2017
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#6 of 215)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (89th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (85th percentile)

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17 tweeters


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If Abortion, then Infanticide
Published in
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, August 2017
DOI 10.1007/s11017-017-9419-7
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David B. Hershenov, Rose J. Hershenov


Our contention is that all of the major arguments for abortion are also arguments for permitting infanticide. One cannot distinguish the fetus from the infant in terms of a morally significant intrinsic property, nor are they morally discernible in terms of standing in different relationships to others. The logic of our position is that if such arguments justify abortion, then they also justify infanticide. If we are right that infanticide is not justified, then such arguments will fail to justify abortion. We respond to those philosophers who accept infanticide by putting forth a novel account of how the mindless can be wronged which serves to distinguish morally significant potential from morally irrelevant potential. This allows our account to avoid the standard objection that many entities possess a potential for personhood which we are intuitively under no obligation to further or protect.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 3 33%
Student > Postgraduate 2 22%
Other 1 11%
Professor 1 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 11%
Other 1 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Philosophy 4 44%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 33%
Social Sciences 1 11%
Unspecified 1 11%

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