Abortion is a very complex and extremely debated issue that has taken most of the American political and social arena in the 20th century. People on both sides of the issue provide strong statements that have adequate points. Society claims that child abuse and the murder of a kid is illegal, however, the abortion is allowed. No matter whether abortion is right or wrong, the fine line that differentiates abortion from a murder will be debated for many years to come.
Judith Thompson wrote an article on abortion, where she argues that abortion can be justified morally in some cases. In her article, she says that even she argues that abortion is not permissible, she doesn’t argue that it is always permissible. Thompson morally justifies an abortion when a woman, who is about to do an abortion was raped, or the birth of the child threatens the health of the woman. Thompson presents many stories in order to help readers understand some of the moral issues created by abortion.
According to Thompson, anti-abortion proponents claim that fetuses are human beings and as all people have the right to live; fetuses also have the right to live. Even though Thompson agrees that one can grant that a fetus is a person from the moment of conception, she still provides a moral justification for an abortion. Thompson compares a woman, who accidentally has become pregnant to the one that got raped. Thus you need to take care of your baby and not do an abortion. Thomson concludes that a person has the right to decide what happens to their own body, especially if pregnancy happened against a person’s will.
Another example, where Thomson justifies abortion is when a woman used contraception, but still got pregnant despite of it. This woman doesn’t have to bear a child, as she clearly tried to avoid pregnancy.
Even though, many people agree with Thomson’s arguments, there are some disagreements as well. For example, Thomson say that if a couple tries hard not to get pregnant, they are not responsible for the conception. Many disagree with this statement saying that if two people have a sexual intercourse they are fully responsible for its results. Thus, even though a woman has the right to decide what to do with her body, she is still responsible for the consequences of the intercourse.
Judith Thomson provides many strong arguments that justify the permissibility of abortion. She claims that a woman has the right to decide whether to have abortion or not. Still Thomson says that she agrees that the desire for the child’s death is not the one anybody can gratify, if it is possible to separate the child alive.
Abortion is a very complex and extremely debated issue that has taken most of the American political and social arena in the 20th century. People on both sides of the issue provide strong statements that have adequate points. Society claims that child abuse and the murder of a kid is illegal, however, the abortion is allowed.