Summary Of The Defense Of Abortion By Judith Jarvis Thomson

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In her article, “The Defense of Abortion”, Judith Jarvis Thomson states an analogy involving a violinist. She first states that you are allowed to unplug yourself in the violinist scenario, second abortion after rape is analogous to the violinist scenario, therefore, you should be allowed to unplug yourself and be allowed to abort after rape (Chwang, Abortion slide 12). In this paper, I will argue that abortion is morally acceptable even if the fetus is considered a person. This paper will criticize premise two from the traditional argument against abortion string that killing innocent persons is wrong (Chwang, Abortion slide 9). Following the violinist analogy will be an objection to this analogy and my respons to them. One of the…show more content…
She uses examples involving self-defense like being trapped in a house with a child who is growing very rapidly (Chwang, Abortion slide 10). For instance, if a girl was pregnant and later found out her baby had fetal congenital birth defects that are incompatible with life and will result in death shortly after the baby was born or severely affect the quality of life for her child. Instead of carrying this baby to full term and delivering the baby that would result in the child’s death or poor life outcome; her best option would most likely be abortion. To give her child the best outcome, even if it meant terminating the pregnancy and killing the fetus. You could say that this outcome would be better than having a child who is in pain and suffers continuously. This child would not have any quality of life other than being in pain and being transferred in and out of hospitals all their lives. Thomson uses a similar example with a woman that has a cardiac condition, resulting in her death if she carries her baby to term (Thomson, 50). With Thomson’s violinist analogy she shows that although disconnecting him would result in death, it would not be morally incorrect. This argument can be applied to a woman’s pregnancy, suggesting that if you accept the prior statement and can find no reasonable difference between the violinist and the fetus occupying the woman’s body, then you should accept that abortion can be acceptable. Thomson

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