I had the pleasure, this past weekend, of attending a philosophy conference devoted entirely to Ethics. There were three keynote speakers, two of whom are among the most widely published on the issue of abortion (and the third was no slouch either!). The two I refer to were Don Marquis and Judith Jarvis Thompson. JJT published, “A Defense of Abortion” in 1971 and Marquis published, “Why Abortion is Immoral” in 1989.
Both are philosophical articles but both are easily accessible to the educated reader. I recommend both to everyone involved with this issue, it’s always good to remember that we cannot rely only on emotions, intuitions, or traditions in this debate… we must have arguments! Neither paper is perfect, but we don’t need to agree with every word to get a lot out of reading them.