A Defense Of Abortion By Judith Thomson Essay

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The most common question asked in abortion debates is whether or not a fetus is a person. In “A Defense of Abortion” by Judith Thomson, she argues that abortion can be morally permissible even if you consider the fetus a person. In “Why Abortion is Immoral” by Don Marquis, the author argues that the fetus is not a person but robbing it of a future like ours is unethical. Like Thomson, I believe there are circumstances where abortion is permissible. I believe when the mother’s life is in danger, in the case of rape, and in the case of failed contraception abortion is permissible. I also agree with Marquis that abortions are unethical whenever they rob someone of a potential future. Both authors acknowledge that most abortion debates are centered on the personhood of the fetus. However, both authors go past the fetus personhood debate and address the real issue of the debates. They do not argue that abortions are unethical simply because a fetus is a person, but argue whether or not we have a direct moral duty to carry babies to term. Marquis first brings up a common argument from pro-life supporters that is too broad and doesn’t necessarily prove anything. Many pro-life supporters would believe “it is always wrong to end a human’s life” therefore, abortion is unethical because it takes away a human’s life. Though the fetus is not yet mature, many believe a fetus is a person because it has human DNA and is made of human cells. Marquis doesn’t support this because it would…

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