Writing Assignment 5
In Judith Thomson’s article on abortion, Judith states that she is “pro-life” when it comes to abortion. Argument like this is called “slippery slope arguments”. By this, she means that once you start to defend this topic, there is no stopping. She says that it would be arbitrary to draw the line on when a fetus becomes a human being. There are many differences between a “pro- choice” position on abortion and a “pro- life” position. People who are “pro- choice”, then they believe that it is the woman’s decision if she wants to have a child and carry it for nine months. If someone is “pro- life”, then they are against anyone getting an abortion. They believe that the fetus has the same rights as a human being. The argument the “pro- life” people strongly believe is that every undeveloped human is sacred and must be protected by the government. The “pro- choice” people argue that when a humans personhood cannot be proven in pregnancies, then the government does not have the right to prevent a woman her right to decide whether or not she wants to continue with the pregnancy. Her article focuses on where to draw the line on when a person becomes a human being, is it right when you are conceived, or when you are born, or at a certain stage in the womb. In her article, she says that once the fetus is conceived, it is a person, and starts to grow humanlike qualities in the mother. Judith says that it would be arbitrary to choose a point in the pregnancy on when the fetus becomes a human being. She says that the fetus is a human being from the moment of conception. When Judith Thomson brings up the unconscious violinist who needs your kidneys to extract poison from his blood. Now because you have been kidnaped and are now attached into the violinist for nine months, and if you unplug yourself, you will kill the violinist. But when the nine months are up, you are free to go, and the violinist will be perfectly okay. Judith...
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