<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Beckwith (Francis J.) - Potentials and burdens: a reply to Giubilini and Minerva (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23255.htm">Potentials and burdens: a reply to Giubilini and Minerva</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Beckwith (Francis J.).htm">Beckwith (Francis J.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 5 (May 2013), pp. 341-344</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23255.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PapersToNotes_23255.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This article responds to <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23252.htm">Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?</A>". </li><li>Giubilini and Minerva argue for the permissibility of 'after-birth abortion', based on two conjoined considerations: <ol type="i"><li>the <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>1</SUP> or newborn, though a 'potential person', is not an actual person, because it is not mature enough to appreciate its own interests, and </li><li>because we allow parents to terminate the life of a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>2</SUP> when it is diagnosed with a deformity or fatal illness because of the burden it will place on the child, parent, family or society we should also allow parents to do the same to their newborn, since it is no more a person than the <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetus</A><SUP>3</SUP>. </ol></li><li>The author critiques this case by pointing out <ol type="a"><li>the metaphysical ambiguity of potential personhood and </li><li>why the appeal to burdens is irrelevant or unnecessary. </ol> </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Response to <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23252.htm">Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?</A>"<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T10:04" pubdate>02/08/2018 10:04:47</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>