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... intrinsic value. She cannot be used instrumentally to bring about another life at the detriment of her own. Whether the fetus has intrinsic value depends on its maturation into a person, which is wholly dependent (as of yet) on the health of the mother. Abortions for reasons other than the health of the mother, are not applicable to this scenario because they are symptomatic of societal inequalities in which the mother chooses to undergo the abortion procedure in order to attain some other goal—education, economic mobility, a career—that is distributed unequally. Whereas in the egalitarian vision of society, a woman will not see herself as merely instrumental to the bringing about of children or to the production of wealth even, but rather as a person who with or without children and/or wealth is not denied equal opportunity to live a free, fulfilling life.
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