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Pavlischek on abortion p. 6

Submitted by liamharvey on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:58

-        Seed Example Revisited: Pavlischek refers again to the seed example, where he argues that women know the risk and responsibility they may have to bear by having sex. If women know this risk and they take it, Pavlischek argues, a man cannot be forced to be minimally decent. All a farther is requires to legitimately abandon his child is a goof faith declaration of non-responsibility prior to the child’s birth.

1.      Meilaender’s View of Thomson’s argument: Pavlischek refers to another writer, Meilaender, who describes Thomson’s analogies to be inappropriate for the discussion of abortion.

-        Meilaender argues that Thompson’s various analogies used to explain women’s right to choose distorts the issue of abortion. In the violinist example, Meilaender argues that the analogy paints the fetus as a parasite rather than a person.

-        Meilaender argues that rather than a parasite, there are many cases of communal dependence in natures and that a fetus represents the use of creativity and self-spending in the female’s body.

-          Pavlischek uses Meilaender’s dissection of Thomson’s view in which the mother-fetus relationship is a brute biological fact, where the mother bears no special responsibility or care for the child. Pavlischek states then it can be said that if the man does not want the child, he too can view the fetus as a brute biological fact and nothing else. Thus, the man bears no special responsibility to a child which he does not want to have.