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Pavlischek on abortion p. 5

Submitted by liamharvey on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 08:46

1.      Four Cases of Parent’s Decisions: Here Pavlischek discusses four different cases in which the mother and father either do or do not confer human significance or assume a special responsibility for a fetus that the mother is carrying.

-        Pavlischek makes importance of the fact that in the violinist example, it is the woman who is hooked up to the violinist and in the seed example, it is the woman’s house. She makes no mention however of the man’s role in these situations or his decisions. Thomson argues that in both of her prior examples, the women bears no special responsibility and thus carries no moral weight in her decision.

-        Pavlischek states that Thomson specifically does not mention situation 4, in which the women does not wish to have an abortion, but the man does. Pavlischek argues that given Thomson’s reasoning, a father who doesn’t want the child, cannot be forced to contribute, or assume a special responsibility.

Henry Fonda Example: Pavlischek refers to Thomson’s example where a man could simply heal her by the touch of his hand. In the example, Fonda is initially across the country and for him to travel to help her would be the act of a good Samaritan. However, Thomson presents the situation again where Fonda is across the room. In the modified example, Thomson argues that for Fonda to help her would require him to be only minimally decent, yet he is still not required to help at all. Pavlischek uses this example in terms of a man’s contribution to a child he did not want. Pavlischek argues that if a man were to state he did not want a child while it was still a fetus, the minimally decent thing to do would provide at least half the cost of an abortion as a good faith offer. However, Pavlischek explains that even this good faith offer should not be required by law with regards to Thomson’s argument, and that it is merely an act of a minimally decent Samaritan