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Chapter-12 Abortion, Autonomy and Control Over One's Body

BOOK TITLE: Ethical Dilemmas in Perinatal Medicine

Author
1. Fischer John Martin
ISBN
9789380704050
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/11363_12
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2010
Pages
12
Author Affiliations
1. University of California Riverside, USA
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Abstract

In this paper I argue that it is not morally permissible to unplug yourself from the famous violinist in Judith Jarvis Thomson\'s very influential example. Here I contend that the Thomson\'s violinist case is not relevantly different from Joel Feinberg\'s cabin case. But I further argue that there is a crucial asymmetry between the violinist case and the typical case of rape in virtue of which one can still defend the pro-choice position, despite my conclusion about the violinist case.

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