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The Philosophers' Magazine, June 13, 2016
Frances Kamm

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F. M. Kamm looks at some of the ways philosophers have argued about abortion that seem relevant to second trimester abortion in particular.

There are two primary philosophical approaches to the ethics of abortion. I shall describe how I think each might apply to abortion in the second trimester when the fetus is more developed. Recent attempts in the United States to limit abortion during this time period make it worth considering some possible grounds for an alternative viewpoint. Some of the recent attempts may be based on particular religious beliefs that legislatures should refrain from imposing on the general population. My concern will just be with positions that might be justified or rebutted on nonreligious grounds. [...]

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