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10.3.2007_Thomson1 - Article A Defense of Abortion by...

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Article: “A Defense of Abortion” by Judith Jarvis Thompson, published 1971 Questions to keep in mind: Are the premises true? Are the thought experiments close enough to the situation in question? What would the deontologist or consequentialist say?
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Abortion and Personhood How do we get from here: P1) A fetus is a person to here: Conclusion: Abortion is morally impermissible Looks like we’re missing some steps…
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The Person Argument 1. Every person has a right to life. 2. A fetus is a person. 3. Therefore, a fetus has a right to life.
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The Right to Life Argument 1. If a person’s right to life is stronger than a person’s right to control what happens to his/her own body, then a person’s right to life outweighs a person’s right to control what happens to his/her own body. 1. A person’s right to life is stronger than a person’s right to control what happens to his/her own body. 1. Therefore, a person’s right to life outweighs a person’s right to control what happens to his/her own body.
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