PHI 306 EC 13

PHI 306 EC 13 - It may be indecent, and you may be regarded...

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Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 13 A Defense of Abortion 1.) What is the main analogy that Thomson uses to attempt to persuade her reader that abortion is not necessarily wrong even if we assume that the fetus is a person? Describe it, and then state the point of the analogy. Thomson uses the analogy of a dying violinist throughout the article to defend her position on abortion. This analogy proposes a case in which you have been kidnapped in order to help save a famous, but dying violinist. You have been connected to the violinist’s circulatory system so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood. Thomson alters the situation several times so that she can prove different points of her article, but her main point is that you have no obligation to save that violinist. Even if the procedure does no harm to you and only takes an hour, Thomson says that it would not be morally wrong to unplug yourself from the machine.
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Unformatted text preview: It may be indecent, and you may be regarded as self-centered, but it is not wrong. This is just as it is not wrong to obtain an abortion, although it may be indecent; because you have no obligation to the unborn child. 2.) Does Thomson hold that abortion is always morally permissible? What example does she give of a circumstance when it would be wrong? Thomson does not hold that abortion is always morally permissible. She gives the example of the Minimally Decent Samaritan, in which the mother could carry the child to full term without any burden placed on her life. Thomson says that it would be indecent in the woman to request an abortion in her third trimester if her only reason is to avoid postponing a trip abroad. She adds that the arguments she has been drawing attention to treat all cases of abortion in which the mothers life is not at stake, as morally on a par ought to have made them suspect at the outset....
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