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But if we rely on this analysis, then we can reject the slippery slope defense of the claim that the zygote has a right to life only by insisting upon the claim that the right to life, like darkness and baldness, is something that comes in degrees. The inference from the continuity between A and B to the conclusion that they are not fundamentally different, that is, is undermined only for those cases in which the property in virtue of which A and B differ greatly is one that can be acquired gradually, like extra hairs or shades of darkness, a little bit at a time.

Or, he could maintain that even if the fetus does have the very same right to life that you and I have, there is some even more pressing moral consideration that justifies violating it in the case of abortion. He might argue, for example, that abortion is needed in order to prevent catastrophic overpopulation. Or he might argue that it is needed in order to ensure social, political, and economic equality for women. I will not argue against such claims in this work, but I will not rely on them either.

A fully satisfactory defense of abortion must attempt to respond not only to those arguments against abortion that defenders of abortion may find particularly challenging, but to the entire range of arguments against abortion that critics of abortion have developed. 1. The Rights-Based Argument The most familiar argument against abortion rests on the claim that the human fetus, or at least the typical human fetus, has a right to life. 3 The Arguments is morally impermissible. I will call this argument the rights-based argument: P1: The (typical) human fetus has a right to life.

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