[CUSTOM SOLUTION] Defense of Abortion
ThomsonDefense of Abortion1. What is the standard argument against abortion that Thomson is responding to? Write out all the premises of the argument.2. What is the point of the acorn and the oak tree example?3. What is the example of the famous violinist supposed to show? Which premise in Thomsons argument is this in response to?4. If we grant that a fetus is a person and thus has a right to life, why cant we allow for abortions in cases of rape or incest?5. What is the extreme view?6. What are the arguments for the extreme view that Thomson considers?7. How does Thomson show that the 2nd of the arguments (p. 91) is unsound?8. What is Thomsons argument against the extreme view?9. One response to Thomsons argument against the extreme view is to weaken the extreme view. Whats the weakened version of the extreme view?10. How does the Jones, Smith and the coat example show that even the weakened version of the extreme view must be false?11. According to Thomson, a fetus, when it is the product of rape, does not have a right to his would-be mothers body. Explain.12. According to Thomson, a fetus, even when it is the product of consensual sex, does not have a right to his would-be mothers body either. Explain.
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