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Abortion - " ,A Defense of Abortion Applied to...

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“ ‘A Defense of Abortion’ Applied to Practical Situations”
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After consensual, protected sex with her boyfriend, she later discovers she is pregnant. She obviously is distressed because of the impact this will have on her future. Her boyfriend will most likely break up with her, she will have to drop out of college, causing her to have fewer opportunities for a successful career which will then affect what kind of life she will provide for her potential child. Knowing this she does not want the child but is concerned with the morality of abortion. First of all she isn’t sure if the fetus is a person and it is she doesn’t want to unjustly take the life of another person, thinking that would be a grave moral crime. Although Thomson concedes a fetus should be considered a person at conception, she claims this is irrelevant. She states it is morally permissible for the woman to have an abortion even if it is a person because she is not obligated to keep the fetus to term when she took reasonable precautions to try and prevent the pregnancy. She does not need to support the fetus since nobody has the perfect positive duty to always help another person. Furthermore Allhoff states, if she ever wanted a child she should wait until she could provide the child with the best quality of life. A clear distinction Thomson makes from the typical pro-abortion argument is she decides to make the assumption that a fetus should be considered a person at conception because she believes to assume the fetus is not a person is, “the step (people) take that is neither easy or obvious than it is commonly given” (Thomson p 2). Although it appears she personally thinks a fetus is not a person at conception she still can argue that it is morally permissible to take the life of the fetus even if one is to consider it a person.
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Thomson proposes a thought exercise about “People Seeds” to show that the mother is not obligated to keep the child even if she has had consensual sex. In this scenario, one should imagine that there are “People seeds (that) drift about in the air like pollen, and if you open your windows, one may drift in and take root in your carpets or upholstery” (Thomson p7). One may prevent people seeds from flying into their house by using
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course PHIL 7 taught by Professor Blair during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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