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University of British Columbia
PHIL 102
Dominic Mc Iver Lopes

1. building opponent’s argument 2. argument against abortion 3. thought experiment 4. right to life 5. responsibility 1. Thomson grants that a fetus is a person from conception ▯ -the more you build your opponent’s argument, the bigger impact you’ll have ▯ when you show that it still doesn’t work 2. her opponent’s argument: a) all people have a right to live b) all fetuses are people c) fetuses have a right to life d) all women have a right to decide (what happens to her body) e) a person’s right to life outweighs a woman’s right to decide f) conclusion: abortion is morally impermissible 3. thought experiment ▯ -if you wake up attached to Justin Beiber, who needs to stay attached to your ▯ kidneys for 9 months to survive. do you unplug yourself? if yes, then you should ▯ be in favour of abortion ▯ -replace fetus with pop star, and abortion with unplugging yourself -parity of reasoning -disanalogies ▯ -we’ll have to figure out what these are.. ▯ -eg. that the pop star and fetus are different ▯ -the chocolate box and right to live are different? they don’t have a ‘right’ to the ▯ chocolate? 4. the right to life a) bare minimum needed for life ▯ -eg. Justin Beiber needs to use your kidneys, which he isn’t entitled to ▯ -definition of the right to life is based on the minimum need; so what happens ▯ when you don’t have a right to what you need? b) right not to be killed unjustly ▯
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