In a recent article, Don Marquis canvasses the arguments on both sides of the abortion controversy and then puts forward his own argument against abortion:
A. To deprive someone of the value of his or her future is prima facie wrong.
B. The future an adult has is included in the future of the fetus it developed from.
C. Abortion deprives the fetus of the value of its future.
D. Therefore, abortion is prima facie wrong.
I wish to show that this reasoning in no way settles the issue of whether abortion is wrong. Section 1 concerns premise B, Sections 2 and 3 C, and Section 4 A.Notes