Liberal equality, gender equality and the dilemma of abortion

Year of award: 2015


  • Alexandra Pepper    

    University of Manchester

Project summary

My thesis will explore whether liberal egalitarianism entails a type of gender equality that requires us to permit abortion in a gender unequal world but prohibit abortion in a gender equal world. This will be achieved by exploring the nature and necessary tenets of a liberal egalitarian theory, positing that a liberal egalitarian theory must necessarily be concerned with gender equality and arguing, using the dilemma of abortion as a focal point, that conceiving of the world in gender neutral and gender-sensitive ways will produce different normative verdicts. 

The key goal of this project is to argue for gender equality where abortion should be found permissible. I will provide a theoretical argument that applies to this perennial medical ethics dilemma.