Christopher Kaczor, The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice. Author(s): David DeGrazia. Source: Ethics, Vol. , No. Buy The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice (Routledge Annals of Bioethics) 1 by Christopher Kaczor (ISBN. The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human. Life, and the Question of Justice . Christopher Kaczor. Loyola Marymount University. Follow this and additional.

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It is clear, thorough, thoughtful and carefully argued. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the subject ethcis read it and to study it. Its greatest virtue is its insightful discussion of the most important pro-choice literature from the past twenty years. Kaczor is not one of those who think calm, rational argument is useless.

Engaging abortion advocates at their o points, he replies to the most difficult objections to the pro-life position, many of which have not been adequately addressed by previous authors. Throughout, he navigates the storms of argument with such calm, charity, and balance that not even the most committed opponent could become angry with him.

It is an excellent ‘first stop,’ and a necessary reference book for those who wish to engage fully the most vexing moral question of our day. It is required reading for anyone seriously interested in the abortion issue. It is a good introduction for anyone who wishes to read a serious and thoughtful account of all of the various serious philosophical views that support the right to abortion.

It deserves careful study. I highly recommend it.

It is easy to read, deeply thoughtful, and constructive. Christopher Kaczor offers much insight and many good arguments. He endeavors to take to heart the values and concerns of his opponents, maintaining an evenhanded tone throughout the discussion. While working primarily from arguments familiar to pro-life thinkers, his discussion of hard cases for each side of this debate is as refreshing as it is smart, and reflections on the possibility of artificial wombs add considerable novelty.

It brings together under one cover a thoughtful and readily accessible account of the positions and arguments of the th disputants, and it argues for its position in philosophical and scientific terms, without recourse to religious or theological assumptions. His tone is calm and charitable throughout. The book serves both as a comprehensive overview of the debate regarding abortion over the past forty years and as an accessible yet philosophically serious contribution to that debate.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you kazcor a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Appealing to reason rather than religious belief, this book is the most comprehensive case against the choice of abortion yet published. The Ethics of Abortion critically evaluates all the major grounds for denying fetal personhood, including the views of those who defend not only abortion but also infanticide.

It also provides several non-theological justifications for the conclusion that all human beings, including those in utero, should be respected as persons.

This book also critiques the view that abortion is not wrong chirstopher if the human fetus is a person. It concludes with a discussion of whether artificial wombs might end the abortion debate. Answering the arguments of defenders of abortion, this book provides reasoned justification for the view that all intentional abortions are morally wrong and that doctors and nurses who object to abortion should not be forced to act against their consciences.


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Please try again later. This book helped me to better understand the philosophical issues involved in the ethics of abortion. It included every pro-choice argument I’ve heard as well as some pro-life arguments I hadn’t heard before.


It’s the most kczor set of arguments from both sides I’ve ever read. This book is an excellent and honest treatment of the moral question of abortion.

Kazcor keeps his analysis abortipn to a philosophical account of the ethical questions abortion raises and does not get caught up in red herrings and rhetoric. He attempts to provide a systematic defense against arguments in favor of abortion, and overall it’s a pleasure to read. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in bioethics. Kaczor’s book on abortion is a rather surprising one, and that’s a good thing. He starts out by laying out the parameters of the discussion.

He wants to make it clear that his goal is not to antagonize people who have had an abortion and paint them out as monsters. He wants to make sure we know we are making a statement about an action and not about the people who do an action. Kaczor’s book is systematically outlined to go through all the arguments that he can. He deals with the concept of personhood and why the human embryo even should be seen as a fully human person with rights equal to yours and mine.

He regularly interacts with defenders of abortion and for those concerned that cgristopher is just a religious rant, he does it without appealing to the arguments of a particular religion. His arguments are scientific and philosophical. For my money, the best part of the book is the sixth chapter. In this, Kaczor deals with many of the objections that will often be raised up against the pro-life movement. Some, such as the case of twinning, can be dealt with in many other works.

Some, I’m not used to seeing talked about. For instance, Kaczor talks about the scenario of being in a burning building and being given the chance to save five adults or ten embryos and points out that most of us would save the adults. Are we being inconsistent? Kaczor presents a powerful argument as to why this is so.


And yes, I don’t tell it because I think you need to go out there and get the book yourself. Kaczor also interacts with questions such as asking if contraception is the same thing as abortion. He comes down on a side that is very favorable towards contraception when properly used. I found this to be a quite interesting take on the matter and helped deal with something that is often leveled especially against Protestants who are pro-life.

Kaczor has a final chapter dealing with the idea of artificial wombs. If science were to invent something like this, would this end the abortion debate? Kaczor seems to think it would certainly help so perhaps some scientifically minded people out there who are pro-life might want to consider this. Of course, Kaczor wants to make sure these actions are not done for frivolous reasons and does criticize that too often abortions take place for those reasons. One such example he gives is sex-selective abortion.

Kaczor’s book is a thorough takedown of the pro-abortion position and yet at the same time incredibly fair. He does not demonize his opponents and tries to present their arguments in the best possible light. Abortioon is certainly systematic and rigorous. If you are interested in learning about the best in pro-life argumentation, you owe it to yourself to read Kaczor’s book.

Nick Peters Deeper Waters Apologetics. Kaczor defends the pro-life position from all angles in this thorough and well-written work. This book rival’s Frank Beckwith’s book “A Defense of Life” in the sense that it addresses all the most sophisticated pro-choice arguments to date, and does so in an extremely convincing manner. Kaczor interacts with th the top pro-choicers, including Mary Anne Warren, Michael Tooley, Peter Singer, Judith Jarvis Thompson, and David Boonin who apparently gave great suggestions and feedback concerning early manuscripts to Kaczor.

The chrisfopher of the book is fairly standard. Kaczor shows that the unborn is a christophsr being, argues against all of the common “personhood” objections including sentience, viability, desires, consciousness, etc.

However, the substance of the arguments is anything but standard.

Kaczor has some very interesting illustrations. For example, when arguing against the chrristopher from desires” argument, Kaczor notes that in Buddhism, the entire purpose of life is it have no more desires and ultimately, end up in a state of desierlessness not a word. On the persnhood from desires theory, a Buddhist who has achieved his ultimate ends chfistopher no longer be considered a person.

There are many other illustrations and thought experiments that I had pf seen before. I also enjoyed the chapter refuting bodily rights. This is always a difficult analogy for pro-lifers who aren’t familiar with the argument, and even if one is familiar, it can be difficult to find a convincing argument against it. Kaczor gives several reasons why arguments from bodily rights fails.