Analysis: A Defense Of Abortion By Judith Jarvis Thompson

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The idea of abortion is always a tough subject to talk about. Some people believe it is morally right to have an abortion but some people like Judith Jarvis Thomson think it is wrong to have an abortion. Thompson does just argue that abortion is wrong, she claims that abortion can be justifiable. Judith is right in her belief that abortion is wrong because the fetus is an innocent person and killing an innocent person is always wrong. Most importantly she believes that every person has a right to life and explains why she thinks that in an article she wrote.
Judith Jarvis Thomson, a Professor of Philosophy at M.I.T is greatly known for her article. “A Defense of Abortion”. In her article she continues to argue the idea that every person has a right to life. She doesn’t just include the thought of the fetus being hurt/killed but also the idea that the mother that is carrying the child could also be hurt. One main point that Judith claims is that the fetus and mother are both
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With her analogies Thompson also tries to show that a fetus’s right to life does not consist in the right not to be killed, but in the right not to be killed unjustly (477). She then continues to explain her thoughts on if a mother was pregnant due to rape. Thomson states that the mother has not given the unborn person a right to the use of he body for food and shelter (477). It is understood that the mother didn’t give the baby the right to be in her body because she didn’t chose to be abused. In cases like this it is hard to harm the fetus. As Thomson believes, the baby doesn’t necessarily have a right to the mother’s body because the mother was wrongfully harmed and has no intentions of having a child. In a situation like this, Thomson believes that it would be okay to have an abortion as long as the fetus isn’t

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