Summary Of A Defense Of Abortion By Judith Thomson

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Judith Thomson, in “A Defense of Abortion”, argues her thoughts towards abortion, by using forms of analogies and acknowledges the right to life a fetus has, but also argues that the unborn baby’s right to life does not over ride the pregnant women’s right to make choices and have control over her body. There will be analogy examples in which there are different stated scenarios of a pregnant woman where you will find yourself comparing the scene to an analogy. In order, to justify whether an abortion can be performed or not under certain exceptions varying on the conditions. Thompson’s arguments about abortion deal with the status of being a person of the fetus and, in addition, those who oppose towards abortion spend most of their time trying …show more content…
Imagine, one day you wake up on a bed in the hospital attached to cables and IV tubes connected to you and joined with a violinist. The violinist is suffering from a loss of blood and that is what you are transferring to him in order for him to keep him alive. The doctor mention there is no blame on the violinist, the doctor, and you; the ones who committed the kidnapping were the Society of Music Lover’s who hooked you up. You must be hooked up to him for nine months because you are the only cure that is keeping the violinist alive at the moment and if you disconnect yourself from him then you will end up killing him. In this case, your right to life towards your body is much less than his. In this example, it is meant to understand the view point of an abortion in a different stage setting. It represents a woman who was raped and had an outcome of an unplanned pregnancy, which the violinist is viewed as the fetus and the pregnant woman is the kidnapped person that didn’t volunteer to be attached to the violinist. It was not under her consent and was forcefully hooked up to him. In other words, you can see it in the manner of the pregnant women being attached to the fetus when in reality she did not plan to be pregnant; it was the result of the …show more content…
With this given, I would strongly support a woman’s right to do an abortion under certain circumstance of rape or unplanned pregnancy. Although it is mentioned that, “Every person has a right to life. So the fetus has a right to life.” (Thomson, J.), it cannot be morally wrong to commit murder towards the fetus if the mother is doing an act of self defense in this case to save her own life. Thomson states that a fetus has a right to life at the moment of conception (Thomson, J.) but thoroughly explains how the fetus cannot overweigh the pregnant woman’s right of life so therefore, it does not begin at the moment of

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