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Abortion readings ppt _Vaughn_.ppt - “A Defense of...

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“A Defense of Abortion” (Thomson) Is a fetus a person? (Is an acorn an oak tree?) Fetus has become a person well before birth. Intro: But suppose we grant the fetus is a person? What follows from this? Violinist case
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Thomson 1) Extreme pro-life view; can the mother kill the fetus to save her life? The mother has a right to life AND to determine what will happen to her body. “Tiny house and growing baby” case…(who owns the house?) 2) Can a third party intervene to save the mother by killing the fetus? “Coat to keep from freezing” case Some people might not want to choose between fetus and mother; but does that mean that no one is allowed to act?
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Thomson 3) Cases other than saving the mother’s life; what does having a right to life mean? “Henry Fonda’s cool hand” case Right to Life is NOT a right to another’s body (kidney donor?) 4) When is a killing unjust? “Box of chocolates” case What if a woman engaged in intercourse but took steps to prevent pregnancy? (Open window with bars case, burglar)
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Thomson New idea: Did mother volunteer her body, so now she has a special responsibility? Voluntary sexual intercourse = consent for possible pregnancy? 5) Is being morally indecent the same as acting unjustly? Box of chocolates 2 Being selfish may be indecent, but it is not the same as injustice; the other person still does not have a RIGHT to get what it might be decent to give them
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Thomson 6) Can we require people to be Minimally Decent Samaritans? Good Samaritans and Minimally Decent Samaritans
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