posted by Josh Brahm, July 30, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

Does the Mother Benefit from Pregnancy? If So, Does That Negate Bodily Rights Arguments?

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Josh responds to a listener mail question asking whether the potential health benefits a mother receives during pregnancy negate bodily rights arguments.

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    I believe Thomson herself even thought of this when she wrote her original essay:

    “You 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…”

    So it would seem that she’s assuming, for the sake of the argument, that pregnancy has benefits.