Philosophy TV Managing Editors

David Killoren (Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University)

Jonathan Lang (Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Bertha Alvarez Manninen and Jack Mulder

Bertha Alvarez Manninen and Jack Mulder on abortion.

Manninen defends a pro-choice view, while Mulder defends a pro-life view. In this conversation, they discuss whether the Roe v. Wade decision is philosophically defensible (2:11); Judith Thomson’s famous pro-choice argument (6:58); the right to refuse aid vs. the right to kill (13:42); the analogy between pregnancy and bone-marrow donation (18:05); whether (legal or social) restrictions on abortion involve compulsion (32:28); the limits of the right of bodily autonomy (40:57); whether the abortion debate results merely from a clash of intuitions (46:37); and implications of the pro-life view beyond abortion (55:40).

Related works

by Manninen:
“Mutual Scorn within the Abortion Debate: Some Parallels with Race Relations” (2015)
Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: Shared Values in the Abortion Debate (2014)

by Mulder:
“A Short Argument against Abortion Rights” (2013)
“Let’s Rethink Roe v. Wade—and Overturn It” (2010)