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Abortion and Whitehead

Tom McElvain
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In light of upcoming Supreme Court discussions involving “abortion,” I’m attempting to construct a reasonable Whiteheadian position.


As a male, I am not qualified to appreciate the physical dimensions of this issue, and have nothing but respect for women who can, and do.


But, at the level I understand Whitehead’s crafting of “prehension,” troubles with abortion naturally arise, as there is no discrete “object” to be removed from a womb.


So, I’d like to know where to start researching this question.


I’ve been directed to Hartshorne’s comments on this, but he seems to pivot from a critique of the act to one involving the construction of, and defense for, the legal remedy(1).