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PHL281 - Monday, September 20, 2010 Thomson on the Right to Bodily Integrity The Pope’s Argument (slightly refined) 1. It is (generally) wrong to kill (innocent) persons 2. Fetuses are (innocent) persons 3. Therefore: It is (generally) wrong to kill fetuses (abort them) You could argue against this by stating that the “clump of cells” does not have the same moral status as a grown human being - this argument is taken by many people who are pro-life Thomson’s Strategy: - Accept (2) for the purposes of argument. Focus on ‘generally’ in (1) to show that even if fetus has same moral status as one of us, it is nonetheless permissible to have an abortion in some cases. - Thomson accepts the premises - ex: she is not attacking the premises, but the conclusion Defensible Killings: - Self Defense - War - Capital punishment? - Unintentional threats? Core Example: Thomson’s violinist You are kidnapped by the Society of Music Lovers so that your body can be used to support the medical needs of the violinist for a period of time (9 months, 9 years, forever, one hour, one minute) How is the kidnapped person’s relation to the violinist like/unlike a pregnant woman’s relation to the fetus? - the baby you know, its yours, but you have no connection whatsoever to the violinist
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