3. Pro-Choice Philosopher Has Baby

Reflections on Fetal Life

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Bertha Alvarez Manninen PhD Assistant Professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch3

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Manninen, B. A. (2010) Pro-Choice Philosopher Has Baby, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. Arizona State University at the West campus, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • pro-choice philosopher - babies, and reflections on fetal life;
  • pregnancy - before and after;
  • Christine Overall's writings - Human Reproduction - Principles, Practices, and Policies;
  • reconciling pro-choice stance - with a new respect for fetal life;
  • possibility of being pro-choice and still displaying - respect and reverence for intrauterine life;
  • McFall, Shimp, and Thomson's ailing violinist;
  • argument in favor of abortion rights - not depriving the fetus, moral status or a right to life;
  • support for Thomson's thesis - appealing to Immanuel Kant's moral philosophy;
  • pro-choice, not meaning pro-abortion;
  • acknowledging pregnant women's pain - sufferings, on the loss of fetal life during abortions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pregnancy: Before and After

  • McFall, Shimp, and Thomson's Ailing Violinist

  • Pro-Choice Does Not Mean Pro-Abortion

  • Notes