Veto Power over Abortion
Q&A Radio: 20 January 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on veto power over abortion on 20 January 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Should a man be able to prevent his pregnant girlfriend from aborting his baby? Sometimes, a man will get his girlfriend pregnant accidentally, and they disagree about what should be done. If the man wants the woman to carry the pregnancy to term, whether to give up the baby for adoption or him take sole custody, while the woman wants to get an abortion, should he be able to prevent her? It's his baby, shouldn't he have some say?
My Answer, In Brief: The right to abortion is not based on any property right in the fetus. Rather, the right to abortion is based on a woman's right to her own body, including the fact that the embryo or fetus is not a person. The man might object, but he has no moral or legal right to interfere.
- Duration: 9:11
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- The 'Personhood' Movement Is Anti-Life: Why It Matters that Rights Begin at Birth, Not Conception by Ari Armstrong and Diana Brickell, particularly the section Rights in Pregnancy
- The Assault on Abortion Rights Undermines All Our Liberties by Ari Armstrong and Diana Brickell in The Objective Standard
- Philosophy in Action: Child Support from Unwilling Fathers
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