The Pros And Cons Of Abortion

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Abortion is one of the most controversial topics today. Many people have different ideas or beliefs on whether abortion is right or wrong. There are two different views on abortion, pro-life and pro-choice. Pro-life views abortion as murder, wrong, and immoral. Pro-life viewers believe that women who have an abortion are killing a human life. Pro-choice viewers believe that women are not obligated to carry a baby they do not want or are prepared for to term. However, I believe abortion is only acceptable in the case of rape, but not in the case of failed contraception. In Judith Jarvis Thomson’s article, “Defense of Abortion,” she mentions an example of a violinist. In this example, she explains that you are unaware of your surroundings because someone has abducted you. They have plugged you into a machine that helps out this “famous violinist,” who has poison in his circulatory system. When you are conscious, the doctors tell you, you cannot unplug because you will kill him. In this scenario, you have an option of killing him or staying attached to him until he is healthy. If you stay plugged into him, time passes by, but nothing will happen to your body, you will stay completely healthy. Regardless if the doctor gave you a choice or not, all persons have a right to life, so disconnecting from his body is not giving him the right to live. Therefore, you do not have a choice but to stay attached to his body for an uncertain amount of time. Thomson is writing in a pro-life

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