Essay about Abortion : The Moral Permissibility Of Abortion

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I agree with the argument Thompson makes in her essay,’ A defense of Abortion,’ that abortion is; morally permissible in the instance of rape or possible health complications that would endanger the life of the mother, and morally permissible in other circumstances due to the mother’s right to her own body outweighing the child’s right to live in the circumstance that the parents took the appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy. Thompson’s violinist case provides a strong conclusive argument for the moral permissibility of abortion in the instance of rape, but her people seed argument does not provide a plausible argument for the moral permissibility of abortion when proper precautions were taken because she does not factor in the parental responsibility one has towards their child.
In her essay, Thompson utilizes two main arguments in which to explicate the moral permissibility of abortion. The violinist argument is the first of these scenarios, which specifically argues for the permissibility of abortion in the case of rape, and the scenario runs as follows. You awake one morning to discover to your chagrin that you have been kidnapped and have been hooked up medically to the unconscious body of a famous violinist. The people who kidnapped you are revealed to the Society of Music Lovers, and they tell you that they chose you because the famous violinist is dying and through extensive research, the society has found out that you are the only who has the right blood…

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