The A Defense Of Abortion

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In this paper, I will argue that Thomson is right to claim that, even if a fetus is a person, abortion is still permissible, regardless of the fetus’ right to life. I will focus on Thomson’s 3 main analogies – the violinist, the people seeds, and the chocolate – and the arguments against them. In Thomson’s “A Defense of Abortion,” she uses several analogies to demonstrate that abortion, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the conception, is universally morally permissible. At the beginning of the essay, Thomson states clearly that she is arguing under the assumption that the fetus is considered a person. The first analogy that Thomson employs is the violinist. The basis of the thought experiment is that the Society of Music Lovers kidnaps you and hooks you up to a famous and deeply talented violinist who needs to use your kidneys for the next 9 months in order to live. She revisits this analogy several times throughout the essay to demonstrate various scenarios in which one can see the comparability to abortion clearly. In the first instance, she is arguing that a person’s right to life does not justify deciding what happens to your body without your consent. Later on, she reuses the thought experiment with a slight change in that if you continue to let the violinist use your kidneys, you will die within a month; however they cannot release you as it would definitely kill the violinist and that would be considered murder. With this change, Thomson is showing the
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