Argument For Abortion : The Freedom Of Choose Life

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Karina Henriquez
Introduction to Ethics
Spring 2015
Dr. Milsky

Argument for Abortion: The Freedom to Choose Life

Judith Jarvis Thomson argued that the “the impermissibility of abortion does not follow from the premises that every fetus is a person and that every person has a right to life” (Thomson) Thomson distinguishes between what we ought to do versus what we are morally required to. This essay will show how abortions are permissible and not permissible according to Thomson.
Thomson first starts about her argument that abortion may still be morally justified because the fetus inside does not the moral right to the use of the woman’s body. Thomson goes on to say it is not necessary for the woman to allow the fetus to continue the use of the woman body to have the right to life (except in some cases). Thomson goes on to state in her argument that in some cases the fetus may have the right to life but that the woman is not morally required to grant that life to the fetus, or make large sacrifices to keep another person alive. Thomson says that most abortions are permissible because a,” mother has the right to decide what happens in and to her body, and that this decision might outweigh the fetus right to life”. (Thomson) Thomson proposes a thought experiment "You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers

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