Essay on Should Abortion Be Permissible?

1639 Words May 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction (45)
In this paper, I will argue that Judith Thomson is right to claim that, even if a fetus is a person, abortion is still permissible if the pregnancy was unwilling (i.e rape) or if the pregnancy is a threat to the mother’s health/life.
Exposition (492) In Thomson’s paper, she discusses abortion considering the following is true: The human embryo is a person. And so my exposition and my argument will follow the same premise. She does not argue that abortion is permissible or impermissible, but rather she argues that abortion is permissible in certain cases such as rape or a threatful pregnancy. Firstly, I will discuss Thomson’s explanation for forced pregnancy and why abortion is permissible if it a pregnancy resulting from rape. She talks about a setting where you wake up and find you are plugged to a famous violinist who needs your kidneys for only nine months to live. Granted, you were put into this situation against your own will, but unplugging the violinist from yourself with kill the violinist. Do you not have a choice to say no? After all, you were dragged into this situation without your consent, without prior knowledge. Must you succumb to this inconvenience in order to not kill the violinist? Should this really put a halt on your life? Of course not. It is similar to rape pregnancies, she argued. But whether or not someone should be considered a person or how much of a right does one have - if one was to have any at all - should not be in…

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