This article confronts growing conservative opposition to abortion based on the slippery slope claim that abortion is morally equivalent to infanticide. By examining the relationship between moral skepticism and precautionary ethics the article promotes completely the 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.

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This is the pre-print of an article published by Springer. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008. The final publication is available at link.springer.com via https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-008-9060-4

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Department of Philosophy (CLA)


RIT – Main Campus

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