The Moral Significance of Spontaneous Abortion
Murphy, Timothy F.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Jun; 11(2): 79-83.
Murphy addresses the issue of spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, and its implications for the pro- and anti-abortion positions. The incidence of spontaneous abortion is high, variously estimated at between 10 and 15 per cent of known pregnancies, and is sometimes used to justify induced abortion. Although Murphy faults this strict identification between natural events and willed human actions, he concludes that spontaneous abortion has no moral significance for pro-abortionists, who base the value of a fetus on considerations other than its status as a potential or actual human being. The anti-abortion position, which views the fetus as an innocent, protectable person from conception, seems to obligate one to try to prevent spontaneous abortion at all stages of pregnancy, regardless of difficulty. Murphy argues that, if his conclusions are true, they render certain anti-abortion premises problematic, since these premises are concerned only with induced abortion. (KIE abstract)
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