Date of Award

Spring 2021

Thesis Type

Rollins Access Only

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts


Political Science


Julia Maskivker

Committee Member

Dan Chong

Committee Member

Don Davison


The moral permissibility of abortion remains one of the most controversial dilemmas of the twenty-first century, with those in discussion of this subject falling into two camps: those who support the moral permissibility of abortion, and those who consider abortion morally impermissible. Coloquially, these camps have been labeled pro-choice and pro-life. This project deconstructs the various claims made in regard to the moral impermissibility of abortion including arguments of personhood and potentiality, and ultimately establishes that these claims are insufficient in declaring the impermissibility of abortion due to the nature of a woman's bodily integrity. This project also examines the ways in which moral arguments have been used to uphold or dismantle laws and statutes relating to the legality of abortion in the United States.

Rights Holder

Sydney Brown