U.S. abortion bans compel women to be not just Good Samaritans, but ‘splendid’ ones

January 4, 2022
Kimberley Brownlee

If a music lovers’ society kidnaps you and attaches you at the kidneys to a famous violinist with a fatal disease, are you required to stay and keep him alive for nine months until he recovers?

This is the well-known thought experiment posed by the late American philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson in “A Defense of Abortion.” The essay was published prior to Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 United States Supreme Court ruling that held that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to abortion without excessive government restriction.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/u-s-abortion-bans-compel-women-to-be-not-just-good-samaritans-but-splendid-ones-173220