I found this snippet on reddit and wondered what you lot made of it.
This analogy relates to abortion. Is it a good one? Something bugs me about it but I can't put my finger on it.No one should be compelled by the government to keep another person alive with their body against their will.
If someone attached me to an adult man with liver failure and he began to use me as a human dialysis machine, could the government use force to keep me attached? No. My body is my body, and I own the CHOICE to decide who uses it.
Edit: The poster means kidney Dialysis, and the argument can be rephrased like so:
http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/P...02/thomson.htmYou 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 has 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 violinist's 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, we're 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 you would be to kill him. But never mind, it's only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you.
The problem I have with this analogy is that falling pregnant is somewhat different to being kidnapped. You might not intend to get pregnant, but you engaged in an activity that you should be aware might result in pregnancy (and if you aren't aware of this you should not be having sex). Although I don't believe that an embryo counts as a human being, it if did I would say that the woman has a moral obligation to carry that embryo to full term, since she took the risk of creating it and is therefore responsible for it (along with the man).