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Beating HeartsAbortion and Animal Rights$
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Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175142

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175142.001.0001

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Sentience or Species?

Sentience or Species?

Chapter:
(p.13) 1 Sentience or Species?
Source:
Beating Hearts
Author(s):

Sherry F. Colb

Michael C. Dorf

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175142.003.0002

The pro-life and animal rights movements mirror each other: the former makes humanity a sufficient condition for moral consideration; the latter rejects humanity as even a necessary condition, focusing instead on sentience. While good reasons are needed to justify harming any sentient being, conventional morality permits us to favor humans over non-humans with respect to affirmative aid, much in the way that parents may provide aid to their own children that they deny to others.

Keywords:   Sentience, Species, Partial-Birth, Acts, Omissions, Family

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