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Single Idea 4060

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 3. Abortion]

Full Idea

Having a right to life does not guarantee having either a right to be given the use of or a right to be allowed continued use of another person's body.

Gist of Idea

The right to life does not bestow the right to use someone else's body to support that life


Judith (Jarvis) Thomson (A Defense of Abortion [1971], p.131)

Book Reference

'Ethics for Modern Life', ed/tr. Abelson,R./Friquegnon,M [St Martin's 1987], p.131

A Reaction

A very nice point. You have a right to your life once you are the sole owner of it.