08 Abortion - Judith Thomson's "Defense of Abortion" I....

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Judith Thomson’s “Defense of Abortion” I. Failure of the traditional anti-abortion argument R(L) = Right to Life R(B) = Right to determine what happens to your baby 1) If the development of the fetus from C to B is centinvus then it’s impossible to designate any point on the continuum as this point at which the fetus becomes a person 2) The development of the fetus from C to B is anti 3) It’s impossible to designate any point on the continuum…(1,2) 4) If it’s impossible to designate…, than it’s a person at C 5) It’s a person at C (3,4) 6) Every person has R(L) (5,6) 7) The fetus has R(L) (5,6) 8) If the fetus has R(L), then if abortion is justifiable, then R(L) R(B) 9) If abortion is justifiable, then R(L) R(B) (7,8) 10) R(L)>R(B) 11) Abortion is not justifiable (9,10) Thomson’s main problems come form 4, 10, she argues that on day one of conception you are a human II. When is abortion Justified? a.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ETHICS 101 taught by Professor Claridy during the Spring '08 term at Auburn University.

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