PHIL 140 -Thomas.A Defense of Abortion

PHIL 140 -Thomas.A Defense of Abortion - THOMSON: A DEFENSE...

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THOMSON: A DEFENSE OF ABORTION Thomson doe not believe that the fetus is a person from the moment of conception She rejects the slippery slope argument for saying this To her, the fetus is no more than an acorn on a tree Although an acorn grows from an oak tree, the acorn is not an oak tree Nevertheless, she thinks that opponents of abortion spend too much time establishing that the fetus is a person, but not enough to talk about the impermissibility of abortion Though she does not agree, she grants the premise that the fetus is a person from the moment of conception A fetus has the right to live, a mother has the right to decide; however, the right to live outweighs the right to decide and thus, abortion is never allowed However, she counter argues her own claim with the ‘violinist plugged into you scenario’ -similar to rape 1. Extreme view: abortion is impermissible even to save the mother’s life o Is it murder if you do it for self defense ? o From a 3 rd party, it is hard to choose, but you can choose what’s right for yourself o Therefore, a woman can defend her life against the threat by an unborn child 2. Extreme view weakened by saying: abortion is permissible to save the mother’s
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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PHIL 140 -Thomas.A Defense of Abortion - THOMSON: A DEFENSE...

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