Resulting from rape or where the life of the mother

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resulting from rape or where the life of the mother is threatened by the growth of the baby in her womb. This piece seeks to open the eyes of the blind arguments that have forever gone on over the years without proper facts and a look at some of the key issues at hand and making compromises where need be. Thomson therefore I my view has indeed succeeded in shedding light onto some issues that majority might have been hiding away from and as such, laying them bare. Especially on the case/ example of the unconscious violinist who you wake up and find tied to you in a bid to keep him alive without your consent. This indeed makes you think deeply. However, Thomson does not fully argue out certain points clearly since as one will notice, a major part of the reading has been devoted to cases where the mother is a victim of rape or in cases where the contexts given do not march at all. “ if the room is stuffy and I therefore open the window to air it and a burglar climbs in, it would be absurd to say that “Ah, now he can stay, she’s given him a right to use of her house-for she is partially responsible for his presence there having voluntarily done what enabled him to get in, in full knowledge that there are burglars and that burglars, burgle” Now this argument by Thomson does not hold water at least to some extent since in cases where rape is not an option, the cohabitation was done by willing partners and this came as a result of a choice that they both made and it would only be fair for them to ‘suffer the consequences’ of a baby that they both unconsciously or consciously agreed to bring forth. References Thomson J.J 1971, ‘A defense of abortion’ Philosophy and Public Affairs’ Vol.1 no.1 pp. 47-66
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