The Major Social Issue Of Abortion By Judith Thomson

analytical Essay
2111 words
2111 words

One of the biggest social issues that our nation is facing is the major social problem of abortion. The dispute over abortion began over two centuries ago, but caught the public’s eye again in the 1960’s and 1970’s. During the 60’s and 70’s, the women’s rights movement and civil rights movement really brought the topic of abortion back as a national issue. To this day, abortion has divided people, communities, friends, and especially politics to believe that they belong to two opposing sides, pro-choice and pro-life. Each side has researched abortion deeply and has come up with beliefs and morals that make abortion such a debatable and divisive subject. Judith Thomson’s essay “A Defense of Abortion”, argues about the right to life a fetus and a mother have and how abortion can be morally permissible in certain scenarios. She begins her essay by clarifying that her arguments discuss that abortion is occasionally permissible in certain situations and that it is immoral during others. Also, she addresses the fact that the debate over abortion leans on the argument of whether or not a fetus is a person. Throughout Thomson’s essay, she separates the essay into six arguments and uses her famous violinist example to relate each argument to. Before Thomson begins her first argument, she …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how thomson elaborates on her famous violinist example. the director of the hospital tells you that if you unplug yourself, you kill him. if everyone has a right to life, is unplugging yourself unjust?
  • Analyzes how thomson explains the right to life a mother has, if the mother could potentially die because she is pregnant.
  • Analyzes how judith thomson's essay, "a defense of abortion", argues about the right to life a fetus and mother have and how abortion can be morally permissible in certain scenarios.
  • Analyzes how thomson argues that women have rights to decide what happens in and to her body, and a third party cannot perform an abortion only the mother.

Thomson’s use of the violinist example is used throughout her entire essay and is referenced and changed multiple times to fit the different scenarios of her argument. Even though she uses the violinist a lot, that does not make it a strong example or her arguments any stronger. I believe that the argument of abortion will never be solved. There are way too many underlying issues that are extremely hard to find answers to. The divide of pro-life and pro-choice will always be there because it is simply way too hard to find an answer that will please both

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