- This article is a critical review of David Boonin's book, A Defense of Abortion1 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), a significant contribution to the literature on this subject and arguably the most important monograph on abortion2 published in the past twenty years.
- Boonin's defense of abortion3 consists almost exclusively of sophisticated critiques of a wide variety of pro-life arguments, including ones that are rarely defended by pro-life advocates.
- This article offers a brief presentation of the book's contents with extended assessments of those arguments of Boonin's that are his unique contributions to the abortion4 debate and with which the author disagrees:
- 1) Boonin's critique of the conception criterion and his defense of organized cortical brain activity as the acquired property that imparts to the fetus5 a right to life:
- 2) Boonin's defense of J. J. Thomson's violinist argument and his distinction between responsibility for existence and responsibility for neediness and its application to pregnancy6.
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