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But if we restrict our notion of sanctity to one that is nontheological, then it is much less clear that P3 is reasonable. 9 Surely this does not seem to follow in the case of the redwood. A person who holds the tree to be sacred would think, for example, that vandalizing a redwood tree is reprehensible in a way that vandalizing an ordinary tree is not. He would think that we are bound to make sacrifices to protect such a tree that we would not be bound to make to protect an ordinary tree. But he would not have to think that we are permitted to kill the tree only under the sorts of extreme circumstances that would justify killing individuals like you and me.

I have already registered my doubts about the plausibility of such an approach to moral argument in general. But even if such an approach could be sustained at a theoretical level, it would be a serious mistake for defenders of abortion to rely upon it in practice. A defense of abortion that proceeds on methodological terms that the critic of abortion rejects leaves the debate at a standstill. It reenforces the impression that the controversy over abortion arises from a simple clash of incommensurable viewpoints.

I will argue that none of the arguments for the conception criterion that have thus far been proposed is satisfactory, and that this can be shown on terms that critics of abortion can and do accept. Some of the arguments that have been proposed in favor of the conception criterion, particularly some of the arguments treated relatively early in this chapter, are not especially powerful, and I devote relatively little space to responding to them. But it would be a serious mistake to dismiss the conception criterion itself merely because some of the most commonly heard arguments in its favor are somewhat weak.

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