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"A defense of Abortion" A review of Judith Thomsom Essay

"A defense of Abortion" A review of Judith Thomsom Essay

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In the next few lines I´ll summarize, in the first place, J. Thomsom´s Essay; A defense of Abortion, her thesis, arguments, and some of her examples. I will then argue why Thomsom´s thesis seems to me deeper and stronger than the other three essays that we have read in class on abortion. Although I almost entirely agree with Thomsom´s argument, in my conclusion, I will try to argue that an opinion about abortion shouldn´t be just an ethical, religious, political or scientific discussion but a dialogue between different perspectives, too.
In the next few lines I´ll summarize, in the first place, J. Thomsom´s Essay; A defense of Abortion, her thesis, arguments, and some of her examples. I will then argue why Thomsom´s thesis seems to me deeper and stronger than the other three essays that we have read in class on abortion. Although I almost entirely agree with Thomsom´s argument, in my conclusion, I will try to argue that an opinion about abortion shouldn´t be just an ethical, religious, political or scientific discussion but a dialogue between different perspectives, too.

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 Talking about abortion
Why don´t we have a clear and strong answer about most of the moralissues that are considered important in our XXI century? Why after centuriesof discussing about moral values, philosophy, and religion does it seem to usthat the answers that we have been looking for are not even close? Withouta doubt we could say with Wittgenstein “that even when all possiblescientific questions have been answered the problems of life remaincompletely untouched” Wittgenstein (1991). So, if we won´t have an answerwhich satisfies everybody or which will not answer with certainty ourquestions, why should we have to think or even more, try to analyze theanswer of someone else abouta moral and controversial issue like abortion?In the next few lines I summarize, in the first place, J. Thomsom´sEssay;
 A defense of Abortion
, her thesis, arguments, and some of herexamples
.
I will then argue why Thomsom´s thesis seems to me deeper andstronger than the other three essays that we have read in class on abortion.Although I almost entirely agree with Thomsos argument, in myconclusion, I will try to argue that an opinion about abortion shouldn´t be justan ethical, religious, political or scientific discussion but a dialogue betweendifferent perspectives, too. Thomsom´s essay begins with the conservative premise that the fetusis a full moral person with a right to live from conception. After that premise,that she doesn´t believe, Thomsom says that sometimes some pro-life
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groups accept that an abortion could be allowed only in extreme cases, suchas, when a woman becomes pregnant after a sexual assault. In a sarcastictone Thomsom says; “If they (the fetuses) didt come into existencebecause of rape; [do] they have more of a right to live?” Certainly, this is aweird contradiction. After this point Thomsom with lead with one point of view about abortion: the extreme view; “Abortion is impermissible even tosave the mother´s life.” As an ironic commentary the author informs us thatwhether the mother and child should have an equal right to live, we shouldperhaps flip a coin to decide who can live or not, but certainly she does notagree with that. This is only a strategy to show us her point of view.Moreover, and continuing with the discussion about the “extreme view” theauthor takes the four principal arguments that support that point of view: (1)the fetus is an innocent person, (2) to kill an innocent person is murder andmurder is impermissible, (3) killing an innocent person is more stringent thanone´s duty to keep a person from dying, and (4) between a very innocentperson (the fetus) and a person, we should allow the very innocent to live.After all these conservative arguments, which from an ethical view, seems tolook strong and not easy to destroy, Thomsom will say that all of thearguments are false for three reasons: (1) if the mother has to die the“innocent person” can be considered as a murderer, (2) it is not a murder totake away another life for self defense, and finally (3) we should rememberthat the mother’s body is the one who houses the fetus and not the contrary.“The house belongs to her”: Thomsom says. Therefore, if there is something
 
that all human beings have, prior to claiming anything, it is their body. Aboutthat last point – our body belongs to us – we should also see that thataffirmation, whether is true or not, has ethical and moral consequences inother controversial topics. I’m referring to the euthanasia and suicide, butthat´s not our discussion now, let´s continue with Thomsom´s arguments.We just viewed briefly what Thomsom has to say about the “extremeview” of abortion, but when the mother´s life is not at risk, what does shesay? The author gave us three imaginary examples to explain her next step,(1) the violinist plugged into your kidneys without you being asked about it,(2) The beautiful touching of Mr. Fonda´s cool and warm hand that somebodyneeds to stay alive, and (3) the two children with a chocolate box, thechocolate box belongs to one of the children. Those three examples are justtrying to go to a single and main point. The fact that all human beings have aright to life does not guarantee having a right which allows you to continueusing another person´s body. The author says more specifically; “The rightsto life consist not in the right not to be killed, but rather in the right not to bekilled unjustly.” In a first look, this phrase seems to be strong and with lackof compassion, but certainly Thomsom will argue that we are not called bylaw to be Good Samaritans which is true. Indeed, the case of Kitty Genoveseis just an example of that. The last argument of Thomsom’s that I want to bring up is her answerabout whether or not abortion should be ethically allowed when a womanvoluntarily indulges in intercourse, knowing the chances of getting pregnant.

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