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    Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion – CRITICAL EXPOSITION The goal of Judith Jarvis Thomson in her defense of abortion is to sway the ideas of those who are against abortion by challenging the arguments they give for thinking so. She begins by stating a premise. “For the sake of the argument” a human embryo is a person. This premise is one of the arguments most opponents of abortion use, but as she points out, isn’t much of an argument at all. These people spend a lot of their time dwelling

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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

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    In A Defense of Abortion, Judith Jarvis Thompson aims to defend abortion against opponents whose main arguments revolve around the fact that a fetus is a person, and therefore should not be aborted. She wants to further the discussion past the slippery slope argument that dominates the topic of abortion: Is a fetus a person at the moment of conception? Thompson moves past this question by basing her arguments on the notion that a fetus is in fact a person from the moment of conception, although this

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    Madi Beumee Introduction to Moral Theory Professor Timmerman 5 November 2015 1. Introduction An incredibly prevalent subject in the media today, abortion and a women’s right to choose has graced newsstands, social media platforms, and even the presidential debates. As such a controversial topic, abortion has a certain stigma attached to it. Viewed often as this “black and white” topic, many philosophy articles have been written about the grey area that seems to surround this argument, writing either

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    A Critique of “A Defense of Abortion” What is the life of a fetus worth in your eyes? It may seem like a simple answer at first thought, but what if said fetus had a name? Or what if that fetus was your child to be? Famed moral philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson attempted to address these sorts of questions in her landmark essay, “A Defense of Abortion.” However, I believe that Thomson’s argument is misguided. Thomson uses questionable premises to assert questionable conclusions and thus, I believe

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    In Thompson’s “A Defense of Abortion” she tries to answer the question: “Is voluntary abortion ever permissible?” Throughout the paper, she uses a variety of thought experiments in order to parallel pregnancy due to rape, accidental pregnancy, and pregnancy that threatens a mother’s life, among many other situations. Using these examples, she illustrates her main point: that unless a fetus has a right to demand it, the mother is not morally required to make large sacrifices to keep the fetus alive

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    In the article A Defense of Abortion written by Judith Jarvis Thompson, examples as to whether abortion is acceptable or not are given. Interestingly enough, Thompson never formally states her opinion about abortion being right or wrong. She likes to speak on behalf of both points of view. Thompson argues abortion is acceptable when given the situation, like being raped. On the other hand though, Thompson agrees that abortion is not right because the fetus has the right to live a life of its own

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    In the Judith Jarvis Thomson article on “A Defense of Abortion”, there is a lot of arguments that she points out as to why abortion of a child is not entirely wrong. She gives examples and analogies as to what could happen in a case of a woman when she becomes pregnant and is ill, and an abortion is necessary. She gives the readers various points of view on the issue of abortion, and is not seeming to be persuasive to be for or against abortions. It seems as though she is letting the reader understand

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    In “A Defense of Abortion” by Judith Jarvis Thompson, Thompson works to argue that even if a human fetus is considered a person, abortion is still often morally permissible. This paper will work to explain Thompson’s positions on the different accounts of the right to life, and to provide an evaluation of them and explain why they are not plausible, specifically regarding three of the analogies on-which she based her entire argument: the violinist, the coat, and the case of Kitty Genovese, as well

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    Death Before Life: The Moral Permissibility of Abortion In her article, A Defense of Abortion, American moral philosopher and metaphysician Judith Jarvis Thomson uses analogies to explain scenarios in which abortion is morally permissible, even when the fetus is granted personhood at conception. She addresses the argument that every person has a right to life, the fetus is a person, and therefore the fetus has a right to life; and the mother has a right to choose what happens with her body, but the

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