Are Pregnant Women Fetal Containers?

983 WordsApr 17, 20164 Pages
The themes surrounding abortion tend to generally scathe on a surface level and truly uncover all the underlying themes of the popular topic, the articles “Stem Cells, Sex and Procreation” by John Harris, “A Defense of Abortion” by Judith Thomson, and “Are Pregnant Women Fetal Containers?” by Laura Purdy all discuss the theme of the woman’s and fetuses health and the consequences that can come with both keeping and rejecting the a fetus. In “Are Pregnant Women Fetal Containers?” Purdy acknowledges her philosophical outtake on abortion by entertaining the idea of why should the child’s welfare outshine the wellbeing of the mothers own health claiming that the child is a part of that individuals body and not its own. In “A Defense of Abortion”, Thomson begins her article discussing the permissibility of abortion on whether certain circumstances can make it morally correct on the basis of whether or not the baby is an actual person and the conditions of a situation. In Purdy’s article she administers the concept of the fetus not truly having individual rights because we have not developed a concrete belief on if the fetus is considered human or not. Thomson argues that the fetus should be considered a human at the moment of conception because every person has a “right to life”. The dilemma is whose life is more valuable than the other. Thomson states that a person’s life outweighs a women’s right to decide what happens in and to her body (Thomson 41) and in contrast Purdy
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