Women 's Rights By Judith Jarvis Thomson 's A Defense Of Abortion

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Starting from centuries ago, leading up to the popular culture of today, there have been numerous debates on the rights for humanity; more specifically women’s rights. What rights women should or should not have, as well as what rights women do or do not have, has been expanding in almost all aspects of society in recent years. In fact even in our most modern and well known political events was centered around this topic, and that was our 2017 presidential election. “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights” Says Hillary Clinton. However what does the matter of women’s rights entail? For instance, should abortion be considered one of the select inalienable rights for women? This topic of human rights,…show more content…
Because each individual state has their own set of laws beneath the federal line, there are many technicalities that are now involved with the process making it somewhat difficult, if not impossible, for a woman to receive an abortion. In fact, according to The Guttmacher Institute, “45 states allow individual health care providers to refuse to participate in an abortion, and 42 states allow institutions to refuse to perform abortions.” In other words, somewhat similar to the opinion of Thomson, an abortion may only be performed if the physician or institute deem the circumstances right. This is where I see the issue with circumstantial permissibility; it subliminally gives more right to certain woman than to others. To explain this idea further one could examine Thomson’s first clear point in regards to her argument as well as the underlying theme of her piece, human rights. Her first point is “The right to life”. She begins with the question of whether the right to life holds more weight than the right to decide what one does with one’s own body. It is here that Thomson seems to open up a multitude of sides for this argument; one’s right to life may outweigh another’s right to their own body, some have more right to life than others depending on their circumstances, some do not have more right to life than others depending on their circumstances, etc. However, despite bringing these numerous positions into the argument, she does

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