Abortion Controversial Debate Essay

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Abortion has been a perplexing and controversial debate throughout time. There are many articles and philosophers who state their strong polarized opinions on whether it is ethical to have an abortion. Some people believe that abortion is morally unacceptable and under no circumstances will it ever be acceptable. On the contrary, other people believe that a woman should have the right to choose whether she wants to continue with the pregnancy, especially under certain conditions. In “A Defense of Abortion,” Judith Jarvis Thomson uses real-life analogies to illustrate her key argument that, even assuming a fetus is considered a person from the moment of conception, the mother and the fetus have an equal right to life. Thomson believes that …show more content…
They have therefore kidnapped you, and last night the violinist's circulatory system was plugged into yours… the violinist is now plugged into you. To unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it's only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you” (Thomson 2005:85-86.) It would be kind to keep the violinist attached, but one could wonder how could this be demanded of a person. You didn’t even allow him to become attached to you so it wouldn’t be immoral if you detached yourself from him. This analogy can be compared to a real-life situation, when a woman becomes pregnant after being raped. A rape victim is “kidnapped” and forced against their will to be attached to a fetus and allow that fetus to use their body for nine months. The violinist wasn’t invited to use your organs and circulatory system, compared to in this case, when the fetus was not invited to use the mother’s body. The mother should have a moral right to terminate the pregnancy if she wants to, she has no obligation to keep the fetus. By granting

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