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Thomson, Judith Jarvis, , . A Defense of Abortion
1971, Philosophy and Public Affairs 1 (1):47-66.
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Content: Thomson aims to see if abortion can be defended even if the anti-abortion theorist is granted their key premise, i.e. that the foetus has the status of a person. Thomson argues that this is, in fact, irrelevant since we do not owe it to others to let them use our body in order to survive.

Comment: This text offers one of the central arguments in favour of moral permissibility of abortion and features the ‘famous violinist’ thought experiment. It is a central reading for any module in applied ethics focusing on abortion.

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