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April+10 - Current Moral Problems Lecture April 10 A...

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Current Moral Problems Lecture April 10 A Defense of a Moderate Position Judith Jarvis Thomson: “A Defense of Abortion” Thomson’s Question Conservatives focus on the following question: Do human fetuses have full moral standing and a right to life? Thomson argues that even if the answer to this question is “ yes ,” it still does not follow that abortion is morally wrong. Why not? Because fetuses are in pregnant women’s bodies , and it is necessary to consider the rights of pregnant women , in particular the right to control what happens in and to their bodies. The key question according to Thomson is: Assuming a human fetus has a right to life, does that right entitle it to use the woman’s body? For the sake of argument, Thomson grants the assumption that human fetuses have full moral standing and a right to life. Weighing Rights Can any right override an innocent person’s right to life? Thomson’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 130 taught by Professor Ernanimaghalhaes during the Fall '08 term at WVU.

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