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Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights

Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf


How can someone who condemns hunting, animal farming, and animal experimentation also favor legal abortion, which is the deliberate destruction of a human fetus? The authors of Beating 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 ... More

Keywords: Abortion, Animal rights, Sentience, pro-life, species

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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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Sherry F. Colb, author

Michael C. Dorf, author

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