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Pavlischek on abortion p. 1

Submitted by liamharvey on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:53

Summary of Pavlischek, “Abortion Logic and Paternal Responsibilities: One More Look at Judith Thomson’s ‘A Defense of Abortion’”

In this article, Pavlischek analyzes Thomson’s argument and analogies from her paper “A Defense of Abortion” to support his theory on the relationship between abortion and paternal care. Pavlischek believes that if women should have the option for on demand abortion, then men should not be legally required to care for a child which they declared they did not want.

1.      Central Pro-life Argument and Corollary: Pavlischek begins by discussing the central argument in the pro-life view, which is that from the moment of conception the fetus is a human being. A fetus being a human being upon conception thus means that an abortion is taking a human life and the legal system should thus protect against such an act.



I found this post to be very interesting in the sense that I remember reading this article in my medical ethics course here at UMASS and having a group discussion around this topic. I also like how you formatted the your paragraph to include the portion of the argument you are analyzing, it makes it much more easier for the reader to follow and unknowingly catches their attention.