Why a right to life rules out infanticide: A final reply to Räsänen

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Blackshaw, B and Rodger, D (2019). Why a right to life rules out infanticide: A final reply to Räsänen. Bioethics.
AuthorsBlackshaw, B and Rodger, D
Abstract

Joona Räsänen has argued that pro-life arguments against the permissibility of infanticide are not persuasive, and fail to show it to be immoral. We responded to Räsänen’s arguments, concluding that his critique of pro-life arguments was misplaced. Räsänen has recently replied in ‘Why pro-life arguments still are not convincing: a reply to my critics’, providing some additional arguments as to why he does not find pro-life arguments against infanticide convincing. Here, we respond briefly to Räsänen’s critique of the substance view, and also to his most important claim: that possession of a right to life by an infant does not rule out the permissibility of infanticide. We demonstrate that this claim has little support, and conclude that Räsänen has not refuted pro-life arguments against infanticide.

KeywordsInfanticide; Rights; Animalism
Year2019
JournalBioethics
PublisherWiley
ISSN0269-9702
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Jun 2019
Accepted01 Jun 2019
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CC BY-NC 4.0
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