Personhood Under the Fourteenth Amendment

46 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Vincent J. Samar

Loyola University of Chicago - Department of Philosophy; Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Date Written: Winter 2017

Abstract

This Article examines recent claims that the fetus be afforded the status of a person under the Fourteenth Amendment. It shows that such claims do not carry the necessary objectivity to operate reasonably in a pluralistic society. It then goes on to afford what a better view of personhood that could so operate might actually look like. Along the way, this Article takes seriously the real deep concerns many have for the sanctity of human life. By the end, it attempts to find a balance for those concerns with the view of personhood offered that should engage current debates about abortion and women’s rights.

Suggested Citation

Samar, Vincent J., Personhood Under the Fourteenth Amendment (Winter 2017). Marquette Law Review, Vol. 101, Issue 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3208545

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