Liz Harman, a professor at Princeton, is interviewed by James Franco, the movie actor, and his friend Eliot Michaelson, a lecturer at the department of philosophy at King’s College London. Harman explains that there’s nothing wrong about “early abortion” because some fetuses have no moral standing.
Which fetuses have no moral standing? Why, aborted fetuses. Why? Because they have no future. Why do they have no future? Because they are aborted. Therefore, it’s ok to abort them.
On the other hand, some other fetuses, like fetal James Franco, that aren’t aborted do have moral status. Fetal James Franco had moral status due to his future. He had a future because his mother didn’t abort him. So aborting him would have been wrong. However, Professor Harman explains, had his mother aborted him, he would not have had any moral standing. So it would have been ok to abort him.
She’s not saying, she helpfully adds, in case you are getting confused, that abortion is ok because the mother had an abortion on the one hand, and that abortion is not ok on the other hand because the mother didn’t have an abortion. No, not at all.
I’ve no idea, frankly, what James Franco’s political opinions are, but judging from his facial expressions, I think he’s not thoroughly convinced by the professor’s arguments. Are you?