Nov 30, 2004 9:21 pm


Imagine a knock on your door. You open it to find a health care worker informing you that John Hancock is lying sick in the nearby hospital and since he will die without a piece of your liver, he has come to escort you to the hospital for the needed liver operation. Since the state values life, you have no right to refuse. I know this may strike many as unreal, but personally, I do not see any difference between forcing a woman to cary a pregnancy to term and forcing her to donate a piece of her liver. Pregnancy is a perilous life choice whose consequences to the health of the woman are difficult to perdict becasue the fetus is not only using up replaceable nutrients but also is placing stress on the systems of her body.

As a mother by choice there is nothing I would not give to ensure the survival and well-being of my child. But I do not believe the state has a right to force me to share my body with a fetus anymore that it is entitled to share my liver with another human. As always, your freedom ends where my nose begins. The men who go on"Meet the Press" to discuss"innocent life" should remember this.

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Jonathan Dresner - 11/29/2004

I remember this analogy from my undergraduate ethics course. It's always been one of the most powerful and effective for me, though as with most "intuition pump" metaphors it can be reconstructed in less decisive ways.