For our final in CTZN110: Inquiry into Citizenship, we had to attend a meeting with Dr. Blincoe for one on one discussion on your view and defense of that view on either abortion or the death penalty. This was a daunting task as I am weak in both one one one conversations and creating a solid defense for my views and arguments. Throughout the semester we read a great number of articles with various defense and argumentative strategies, for this assignment I chose to go off of the pro-choice defense arguments.The attached document is Judith Thomson’s defense of abortion which is the article I used to structure my final arguments. Thomson argues grants that for the sake of argument, we can say that the fetus has a right to life, but then uses thought experiments to argue that the fetus’s right to life does not trump the woman’s right to control her own body and its life support functions.
I felt that my arguments could really use some work despite getting a 90/100 on the final, I suppose Dr. Blincoe was feeling a little generous. I feel that I must improve on my speaking techniques, such as not repeating myself and having clear and concise arguments that are easy to follow and are actually convincing. A huge part of the college experience is really getting to find out more about yourself and defining your own opinions on issues that shape our society. I am constantly striving to find ways to improve upon my opinions and provide justification for my views while still understanding the opposing side of things.