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Beating Hearts : Abortion and Animal Rights (Hardcover) (Sherry F. Colb)

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How can someone who condemns hunting, animal farming, and animal experimentation also favor legal abortion, the deliberate destruction of a human fetus? The authors ofBeating Hearts aim to reconcile this apparent conflict and examine the surprisingly similar strategic and tactical questions faced by activists in the pro-life and animal-rights movements.

Beating Hearts maintains that sentience, or the ability to have subjective experiences, grounds a being's entitlement to moral concern. The authors argue that nearly all human exploitation of animals is unjustified. Early abortions do not contradict the sentience principle because they precede fetal sentience, and Beating Hearts explains why the mere potential for sentience does not create moral entitlements. Late abortions do raise serious moral questions, but forcing a woman to carry a child to term is an unequivocal form of labor exploitation. These ethical explorations lead to a wider discussion of the strategies deployed by the pro-life and animal-rights movements. Should legal reforms precede or follow attitudinal changes? Do gory images win over or alienate supporters? Is violence ever principled? By probing the connections between debates about abortion and animal rights,Beating Hearts uses each highly contested set of questions to shed light on the other.

Number of Pages: 252
Genre: Nature, Social Science, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Law
Series Title: Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science, and Law
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Author: Sherry F. Colb
Language: English
Street Date: March 8, 2016
TCIN: 50780472
UPC: 9780231175142
Item Number (DPCI): 248-11-3214
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