Thus, the syllogism that generates the conclusion that fetuses have the right to life is apparently sound.
On the other hand, those who believe abortion is morally permissible wish to find a narrow, but plausible, criterion for possession of the right to life so that fetuses will fall outside of it.
Therefore, the right to life overrides the right to control one's own body and abortion is wrong.
Considerations like these have suggested to both opponents of abortion and supporters of choice that a Thomsonian strategy for de- p.756 fending a general right to abortion will not succeed (Tooley, 1972; Warren, 1973; and Steinbock, 1992).
She supports this claim by noting that the body being used is your body, not the violinist's body.
She distinguishes the right to life, which the violinist clearly has, from the right to use someone else's body when necessary to preserve one's life, which it is not at all obvious the violinist has. Do Thomson's more general theses generate a more general right to an abortion?This explains, in part, why the standard pro-choice arguments in the philosophical literature appeal to the criterion of being a person (Feinberg, 1986; Tooley, 1972; Warren, 1973; Benn, 1973; Engelhardt, 1986).This criterion appears plausible: The claim that only persons have the right to life seems evident enough.When I wrongness of abortion in this essay, a reader she presume the above qualifications.I mean by ion an action intended to bring about the death of a fetus for the sake of the woman who carries it.I shall just assume, rather than establish, that killing you is seriously wrong.I shall make no attempt to offer a complete ethics of killing.However, an opponent of abortion can argue that the fetus's right to life doesn't come to much if a pregnant woman can end it when she chooses.The consequence of all of these symmetries seems to be a stand-off.Consider the following standard anti-abortion argument: Fetuses are both human and alive. Thomson invites you to imagine that you have been connected while sleeping, bloodstream to bloodstream, to a famous violinist.The violinist, who suffers from a rare blood disease, will die if disconnected.