19 May 2011

Review of Defending Life by F. J. Beckwith

Someone liked my review below at Goodreads, so I thought I would share on my blog.

Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion ChoiceDefending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice by Francis J. Beckwith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book summarizes all the most and best arguments against abortion choice. It can be a good book to bring to an abortion/ESCR/cloning debate since the section headings are a good guide. Although, the headings could have been outlined in the table of contents for quick reference.

This book does outline the non-religious grounds against abortion choice, but I still feel that the argument ultimately depends on the axiom that all humans (where a human if and only if a person) have inherent worth. This axiom is mostly found in faith traditions. If one does not have a faith tradition or other reason to uphold the axiom, the reasoning behind this book (and really all arguments for any protection for anyone) falls apart.

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