A Defense of Abortion – Philosophy


This paper is a review of the article “A Defense of Abortion,” by Judith Jarvis Thomson. I need these questions to be answered in at least 800 words.
(a) What is Thomson’s central thesis? That is, what is the main claim that she is arguing for?

(b) What is the main argument Thomson uses to defend her view?

(c) Does Thomson believe the right to life entails a right to use another person’s body to sustain your life without their consent? Why or why not?

(d) Explain how Thomson replies to the following objection: “Couples who voluntarily have sex become pregnant due to contraception failure are obligated to not abort the fetus since they knew there was a chance they could become pregnant and had sex anyway.”

(e) Do you think Thomson’s arguments are convincing? Why or why not?

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