Event: Abortion in Context – Law, Ethics and Practice

by | Apr 14, 2015

This series examines issues of abortion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  The seminars are open to the entire university community.  Individual papers will be disseminated ahead of the seminars on a weekly basis during term.  All seminars will take place at 17:00-18:00 on Wednesdays of Trinity Term, in the Swire Seminar Room, University College.  Refreshments will follow.  For more information contact: kate.greasley@univ.ox.ac.uk

Abortion in Context, Law, Ethics and Practice

Seminar Series, Trinity Term 2015


Dr Kate Greasley (University College, Oxford)

Professor Carol Sanger (Rothermere American Institute/ Mansfield College, Oxofrd/ Columbia Law School)


Week 1: Wednesday, April 29th

Abortion and Reasonable Disagreement 

Dr Jeremy Williams, Research Fellow in Philosophy, Birmingham University


Week 2: Wednesday, May 6th

Abortion, Sex-Selection, and the Law 

Dr Ellie Lee, Reader in Social Policy, Kent University


Week 3: Wednesday May 13th

Medically v Morally Informed Consent 

Professor Carol Sanger, Rothermere American Institute/Mansfield College, Oxford/Columbia Law School

Dr Kate Greasley, University College, Oxford


Week 4: Wednesday, May 20th

The Decriminalisation of Abortion: An Argument for Modernisation 

Professor Sally Sheldon, Kent Law School


Week 5: Wednesday, May 27th

On the Failure of the Best Argument Against Prenatal Personhood: Why Conscious Desires Do Not Establish the Right to Life 

Professor Christopher Kaczor, Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, Princeton University


Week 6: Wednesday, June 3rd

Special Panel: Abortion Practice 

Ms. Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Ms. Jennie Bristow, Publications Manager, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Dr Richard Lyus, Treatment Doctor, British Pregnancy Advisory Service


Week 7: Wednesday, June 10th

Abortion, Infanticide and Moral Consistency 

Professor Jeff McMahan, Whites Professor of Moral Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Week 8: Wednesday, June 17th

Conscientious Objection to Abortion Provision 

Professor Carolyn McLeod, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Western University

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