Viability

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather J. Gert, Associate Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In seeking a compromise on abortion, many have suggested that the woman's rights supersede the fetus's until the fetus becomes viable, at which point the fetus's right to life becomes paramount. Others have objected that this is arbitrary. Nevertheless, we can make principled use of viability. Once viability is achieved it is possible to respect both values: a woman may choose to have the fetus removed from her body, and the fetus can be kept alive. Thus, if it is "the State's" duty, or interest, to protect the life of the fetus, there should be no "problem of abortion" after viability.

Additional Information

Publication
International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 3 (1), 1995, 133-142
Language: English
Date: 1995
Keywords
abortion, ethics, fetus, viability, survival