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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?

Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?

(p.205) Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about legal abortion. She believes that opponents of legal abortion have been winning a psychological victory through propaganda. Their efforts has shifted the grounds of the abortion debate from a feminist, political issue affecting the condition of women to an abstract moral issue having solely to do with the rights of fetuses. Though every poll shows that most Americans favor legal abortion, many are confused and disarmed, if not convinced, by the antiabortionists’ absolutist fervor. No one likes to be accused of advocating murder. Yet the “pro-life” position is based on a crucial fallacy—that the question of fetal rights can be isolated from the question of women’s rights.

Keywords:   legal abortion, right to life, anti-abortionists, propaganda, fetuses, fetal rights

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