Judith Jarvis Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion"
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This essay is a critique of Judith Jarvis Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion," one of the most famous defenses of the right to choose an abortion. The paper outlines how in this article, Thomson posited the famous analogy of a woman awakening to find herself attached to a deathly ill famous violinist, whose only hope of survival is to remain attached to the woman for her kidneys for nine months. The paper notes that Thomson suggests that this is analogous to a woman who has been raped, and from this she develops an argument that there is a right to abortion, limited but still critical. The paper finds this position preferable to the opposing position which is presented in an article that is intellectually dishonest and rhetorically shrill.
From the Paper:"Recognizing that most opposition to abortion stems from an argument that the fetus is a person from the point of conception, Judith Jarvis Thomson (1986) concedes the point, although she feels some dismay that the anti-abortion camp accepts this slippery slope argument with so little serious consideration. (p. 187) However, for the sake of discussion, she is willing to accept this contention for purposes of discussion, if only for those purposes. (p. 188) She then reasons that the anti-abortion argument can be states as: Every person has a right to life. So the fetus has a right to life. No...""
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Judith Jarvis Thomson's "A Defense of Abortion" (2007, December 01) Retrieved October 02, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/judith-jarvis-thomson-a-defense-of-abortion-133678/
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