There is no right to the death of the fetus

Bioethics (6):1-3 (2018)
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Joona Räsänen, in his article ‘Ectogenesis, abortion and a right to the death of the fetus’, has argued for the view that parents have a right to the death of the fetus. In this article, I will explicate the three arguments Räsänen defends, and show that two of them have false or unmotivated premises and hence fail, and that the support he offers for his third argument is inconsistent with other views he expresses in his article. Therefore, I conclude that there is no right to the death of the fetus—or, if there is one, Räsänen has not shown it.

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Perry Hendricks
Purdue University


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