Fathers and Abortion

The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy (Forthcoming)

21 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011 Last revised: 11 Jul 2012

Date Written: September 20, 2011


I argue that it is possible for prospective mothers to wrong prospective fathers by bearing their child; and that lifting paternal liability for child support does not correct the wrong inflicted to fathers. It is therefore sometimes wrong for prospective mothers to bear a child, or so I argue here. I show that my argument for considering the legitimate interests of prospective fathers is not a unique exception to an obvious right to procreate. It is, rather, part of a growing consensus that procreation can be morally problematic and that generally talking of rights in this context might not be warranted. Finally, I argue that giving up on a right to procreate does not imply nor suggest giving up on women’s absolute right to abort, which I defend.

Keywords: fathers' rights, abortion, applied ethics, bioethics, sexual ethics, reproductive ethics

Suggested Citation

Di Nucci, Ezio, Fathers and Abortion (September 20, 2011). The Journal of Medicine & Philosophy (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1930829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1930829

Ezio Di Nucci (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165

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