SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

The Harms of Contraception & The Moral Permissibility of Abortion
(Ethics, )

A I aim to argue for the moral permissibility of abortion in cases where contraception has been foregone by the female. I will begin by outlining the argument made by Judith Jarvis Thomson in her paper "A Defense of Abortion", which favours abortion in cases where pregnancy that has come about through failed contraception. I will argue that the arguments Thomson makes in favour of abortion to uphold female bodily integrity can be extended to further cases than the ones she defends. Namely, the moral permissibility of abortion in cases where contraception is foregone - based on a desire to minimise harms on the female population, and to place women on a level playing field as men in terms of consequences of intercourse. I will base my argument on the gendered burdens of contraception that infringe on female bodily integrity, and will show that such infringements are harmful to the extent that female contraceptive use ought to be avoided in favour of less effective methods. I will then defend may argument against two possible counterarguments: that abortion itself infringes on female bodily integrity, and that women hold "special responsibilities" to a foetus. Ultimately, I will conclude that in cases where a woman chooses to forego female contraception, it is morally permissible for her to have an abortion.

Chair: Francesca Miccoli
Time: 14:00-14:30, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.005
Remark: (Online Talk)

Chiara Zucchelli  
(King's College London , )

Testability and Meaning deco