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Fifth Lecture - Philosophy 4 Fifth Lecture A Defense of...

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January 14, 2009 Philosophy 4: Fifth Lecture A Defense of Abortion (Continued) Thompson’s Response to the Traditional Abortion Debate: - Tho mpson acc epts for th e s ake of argu m e nt th at th e fetus is a p erson (i.e. h as a right to life) o This grants th e traditional a bortion oppon ent what h as b e e n thought to b e th e key step in th eir argu m e nt - She do esn’t b elieve th at P1 is true. But sh e do es b elieve th at ev en if it were tru e, a bortion can still b e shown to b e m oral. Thompson’s Goal: - But a g ain, for th e s ake of argu m e nt, h er goal will b e to show th at even if fetuses are people (and so have a right to life), abortion can still be permissible in certain circumstances - She argu es th at th ere are certain circu mstanc es where it is m orally p er missible to take one’s life ev en when h e/sh e h as not relinquished his/her right to life The Heart of Thompson’s Argument: -
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