Good points, Prayson. Ultimately, the source of our morals will determine our value of life.
Does the personhood of foetuses give them right to life? Does that right to life overrides women’s rights to control what happens in and to their bodies?
In A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson argued that even if we grant that foetuses are persons and thus have right to life, it does not follow that they have the right to use the pregnant women’s bodies. Thomson’s case from the famous unconscious violinist analogy unfolds as follows:
Imagine you wake up in the morning kidnapped by the Society of Music Lovers, and are plugged into a famous unconscious violinist who has a fatal kidney ailment. “To unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it’s only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you”(Thomson 1971, 49)
Thomson argued that even if the violinist is a person and…
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