Discussion on abortion and judith jarvis thomson.

Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on abortion and judith jarvis thomson. Arguments arise regarding whether the fetus has a right to stay inside the body of another human being, especially against her will. Once inside the body of a woman, she has to carry the unknown human being along with her wherever she goes, involuntarily allowing the fetus inside her to interfere with her normal duties. Whatever makes the woman carry the fetus along with her for 9 months, it may not be the love for the life inside her all the time. It is true that human beings value life, especially their own. However, the fetus is another life since even if it is born and grows up. it can never share the same life with the mother. This is because the newborn has its own rights and may develop into an adult under favorable circumstances. Jarvis focuses on a fetus being considered as having the right to live like any other human being. However, it grows inside another human being who has a right to live and do whatever she wishes with her body (Thomson 48).

Jarvis somehow tends to highlight the connection between the fetus and the life of a human being. She states that it takes a short time for a fetus to acquire human characteristics at an early age, almost certainly at the age of ten weeks (Thomson 47). However, she disagrees with her own hypothesis by arguing that mere differentiation of cells can not be considered as a human being and accorded the respect that human beings deserve. The main question lies with this development, as well as the formation of human characteristics soon after conception (Thomson 48). For example, if differentiation of cells is a mere activity that occurs in the body of a human being, and for that matter in the uterus, they should differentiate into other things that have different characteristics from humans. However, that does not happen. This means that the fetus is destined to become a human being since the initial characteristics are the same as those of humans. Also, the women hold the life of that other individual. The fetus can not live on its own and therefore has to depend on the woman.

 
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