McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University
Con to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
"[T]he choice of abortion is objectively immoral...
[A]s early as eight or ten weeks of gestation, the fetus has a fully formed, beating heart, a complete brain... a recognizably human form...
There are three important points we wish to make about this human embryo. First, it is from the start distinct from any cell of the mother or of the father. This is clear because it is growing in its own distinct direction. Its growth is internally directed to its own survival and maturation. Second, the embryo is human: it has the genetic makeup characteristic of human beings. Third, and most importantly, the embryo is a complete or whole organism, though immature. The human embryo, from conception onward, is fully programmed actively to develop himself or herself to the mature stage of a human being, and, unless prevented by disease or violence, will actually do so...
So, a human embryo (or fetus) is not something distinct from a human being; he or she is not an individual of any non-human or intermediate species. Rather, an embryo (and fetus) is a human being at a certain (early) stage of development – the embryonic (or fetal) stage. In abortion, what is killed is a human being, a whole living member of the species homo sapiens, the same kind of entity as you or I, only at an earlier stage of development."
Cowritten with Patrick Lee, "The Wrong of Abortion," Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, Ed. Andrew I. Cohen and Christopher Wellman, 2005
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, ThDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to abortion; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in abortion and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, 2000-present
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Department of Politics, Princeton University, 1999-present
Of Counsel, Robinson & McElwee PLLC, 1990-present
Corresponding Member, UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology
Appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), 2012 (elected as Chair in July 2013 and sworn in on September 9, 2013)
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Member, Board of Directors, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Institute for American Values, Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation, and Center for Individual Rights