Compromising the Uncompromisable: A Private Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Abortion Controversy

Appalachian Law Review 07/2011; 4.


In this article we advocate a liberty and private property rights approach to the issue of abortion.

Download full-text


Available from: Walter E. Block
  • Source
    • ", 634 – 36 ) , Rothbard ( 1998 ) , and Smith ( 1997 ) . For a defense of it , see Andersson ( 2007 ) , Block ( 2001b , 2005 , 2006 ) , Nozick ( 1974 , 58 , 283 , 331 ) , Philmore ( 1982 ) , and Steiner ( 1994 , 232 ) . 10 . Again , abstracting from the surrogate mother scenario . "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: There is a new sheriff in town on the abortion question. It is called evictionism. It diverges, philosophically, from both the pro-life and the pro-choice positions. It assumes that the birth of a human being starts with the fertilized egg but claims that the unwanted baby is a trespasser that may be evicted in the gentlest manner possible.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2014 · Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Doctors have been placed in an anomalous position by abortion laws which sanction the termination of a fetus while in a woman's womb, yet call it murder when a physician attempts to end the life of a fetus which has somehow survived such a procedure. This predicament, the doctors' dilemma, can be resolved by adopting a strategy which posits the right to ownership of one's own body for human beings. Such an approach will generate a consistent policy prescription, one that sanctions the right of all pregnant women to abortions, yet grants the fetus, after it becomes viable as a potentially independent person, a right to its own body. The doctors' dilemma is surmounted, then, by requiring that abortions of viable fetuses be performed in a manner that will produce a live delivery. Hence, infanticide and termination of viable fetuses are proscribed.
    Preview · Article · Oct 1979 · Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Source

    Full-text · Article · Oct 2003 · Human Rights Review
Show more