The fact that she does adds to the offensiveness of deducing that the mother can do nothing from the supposition that third parties can do nothing.But it does more than this: it casts a bright light on the supposition that third parties can do nothing.If we say that no one may help the mother obtain an abortion, we fail to acknowledge the mother's right over her body (or property).
This analogy raises the issue of whether all abortions are unjust killing.
Thomson does not support unlimited abortion rights.
But by this logic, she says, any woman could avoid pregnancy due to rape by simply having a hysterectomy – an extreme procedure simply to safeguard against such a possibility.
Thomson concludes that although there may be times when the fetus does have a right to the mother's body, certainly in most cases the fetus does not have a right to the mother's body.
Here, the people-seeds flying through the window represent conception, despite the precautionary mesh screen, which functions as contraception.
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The woman does not want a people-seed to root itself in her house, and so she even takes the measure to protect herself with the best mesh screens, and then voluntarily opens the windows.
But, Thomson says, the person threatened can intervene, by which justification a mother can rightfully abort.
For what we have to keep in mind is that the mother and the unborn child are not like two tenants in a small house, which has, by unfortunate mistake, been rented to both: the mother owns the house.
[If he is unplugged from you now, he will die; but] in nine months he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you.
Thomson says that you can now permissibly unplug yourself from the violinist even though this will cause his death: this is due to limits on the right to life, which does not include the right to use another person's body, and so by unplugging the violinist you do not violate his right to life but merely deprive him of something—the use of your body—to which he has no right.