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Victoria Yakovleva Philosophy 101 Professor Shapiro 11 December 2006 Judith Jarvis Thomson, in a “Defense of Abortion,” leads through a series of examples and explanations to support her view of why abortion should be permissible. One of the examples she uses in her defense is the theoretical situation in which the Society of Music Lovers has plugged the circulatory system of a famous violinist to the circulatory system of a kidnapped person in order to save the life of a violinist. Through this example, Thomson demonstrates how abortion should be permissible for a woman that has been raped, since she did not willingly have sex and therefore should not be responsible for housing the fetus. Thomson states that, though it would be nice of the woman to do so, she owes nothing to the fetus just as the kidnapped person owes nothing to the violinist. In the case of when a woman’s life is endangered by the pregnancy, Thomson uses the example of a rapidly growing baby. With the rapidly growing baby endangering the life of the woman, the woman should not be expected to
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Fall '06 term at Wisconsin.

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