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Abortion and Judith Thompsons ViolinistYou wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist A famous unconscious violinist He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment and the Society of Music Lovers have canvassed all the available medical records and found that you alone have the right blood type to help They have therefore kidnapped you and last night the violinists circulatory system was plugged into yours so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood as well as your own The director of the hospital now tells you Look were sorry the Society of Music Lovers did this to you-we would never have permitted it if we had known But still they did it and the violinist is now plugged into you To unplug him would be to kill him But never mind its only for nine months By then he will have recovered from his ailment and can safely be unplugged from you Is it morally incumbent on you to accede to this situation Judith ThompsonJudith Thompson goes on to argue that the fetus like the violinist has no right to use your body unless you give it to him Therefore abortion in the case of rape at least is permissible Let us grant that one may indeed unplug oneself from the violinist May one take a gun and shoot him in the head May one cut him into pieces May one poison him if by doing so he will disconnect in the process Of course not that would be immoral Possibly you will ask why because he will die in both cases Yes you are the cause of his death in either case However in spite of these similarities there is a difference The man is sick If you unplug yourself from him he will die from his sickness For if he was not sick he would not
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