A Precautionary tale: Separating the infant from the fetus

Lawrence Torcello

The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com DOI 10.1007/s11158-008-9060-4 Note: imported from RIT's Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works on April 2014.


This article confronts growing conservative opposition to abortion based on the claim that abortion is morally equivalent to infanticide. By examining the relationship between moral skepticism and precautionary ethics the article promotes a completely permissive position on abortion from conception to birth while consistently rejecting the possibility that such a position entails permissive implications for infanticide. The article introduces and traces the implicit relationship between moral skepticism, the precautionary principle and political liberalism.