A Defense Of Abortion And Hursthouses Virtue Theory And Abortions

1117 Words Dec 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Bailey Washington
Mr. Reynolds
MWF 8:30
1 December 2016
Thomson vs. Hursthouse In this paper I will be comparing and contrasting Thomsons A Defense of Abortion and Hursthouses Virtue Theory and Abortions. Also in my paper I will be sharing my opinion on abortion and which view I agree with. The two share similar concerns of abortion and that is if the status of the fetus is a human being or a clump of cells and also the right of the woman. Abortion is the deliberate termination of pregnancy most often performed during the first twenty eight weeks of pregnancy. There is a plethora of controversy about whether or not women should be allowed to get an abortion or not. Thomson states that killing an innocent person is always and absolutely impermissible. “1. Abortion is the killing of a child. 2. Doing nothing is merely letting someone die. 3 Abortion is the killing of an innocent child 4. Directly killing an innocent person is always and absolutely impermissible.” (Thomson 452.) Thomson previously discussed that the mother has a right to her body and some people feel that the fetus has the right to life also. Although the mother has a right to her body, the fetus is innocent and should have an equal oppurtunity to life just like the mother has. There is no equal way to split their rights, either the fetus or mom would have to sacrifice their life or body. The controversy with this is the fact that no one should be forced to keep a child if that is not what she…

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