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Liberal theory of justice doesn't support abortion

Liberal theory of justice doesn't support abortion

I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers. The great liberal philosopher isn't quite a household name, but his influence on contemporary American liberalism and political philosophy is hard to overstate. Before his death in 2002, Rawls was arguably the foremost proponent of "distributive justice." In "A Theory of Justice," he offered a thought experiment. Imagine you and a group of other people were in a kind of metaphysical limbo, tasked with designing a society from scratch. But you exist behind what Rawls called a "veil of ignorance." You will be "born" -- "placed" is probably a better word -- into that...

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