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ABORTION THOMPSON Negative/Positive Rights o Negative: I have the right not to be murdered, but you don’t have to help me o Positive: You should help me with everything Thomson has negative rights look about it o Concedes that the fetus has a right to life o But having “the right to life does not gurantee having either a right to be given the use of or a right to be allowed continued use of another person’s body.” Just because someone has the right to life, it doesn’t mean that they have the right to force you into obligation ( more or less what he just said?) o Negative right view to the issue Robert Nozick – Anarchy State and Utopia (1974) “A right to life is not a right to whatever one needs to live; other people may have rights to these things, at most, a right to life would be a right to have or strive for whatever one needs to live, provided that having it does not violate anyone else’s rights.” o Uses the “violinist” example to illustrate –
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