Abortion is right or wrong

The purpose of the paper
is for you to work out what you yourself think about the issue, provide a convincing case for
your perspective, and engage critically with at least one of the authors we read in class. You
are free to bring in outside sources as well, but you do not have to. On the day the rough draft
is due, please bring three copies of your paper to class. One of those copies will be for me.
You will use the other two to workshop your paper in groups.
The Essay Prompts:
(a) Does the issue of abortion turn on the question of whether the fetus has a right to life? Why
might someone like Don Marquis think it does? Why does Judith Jarvis Thomson say it
doesn’t? What do you think and why?
(b) Is it seriously wrong for people who know what happens in factory farms to eat factory
farmed meat and/or dairy? Why does Norcross think it does? Do you find his argument
: The paper should be 5-6 pages, typed, double spaced with 1-inch margins and 11-12
pt. font. The rough draft will be due in class a hard copy while the final draft should be
submitted on canvas.
Grading Rubric Checklist
Before turning in your final drafts, print out the grading rubric from
Canvas, and assess yourself according to each category,
Late policy
Late ough drafts will not be accepted. Late final drafts will be docked 1/3 grade for
each class session that they are late.
: If you plagiarize any portion of your paper, you will receive an automatic F and will
be reported to the administration.
Evaluative criteria:
Note: The criteria you will be assessed on are the hallmarks of good philosophical writing and
are extremely difficult to achieve. Doing so will require revising your paper a number of times.
The final draft that you turn in should really be your third or fourth draft.
Organization, Clarity and Concision (30%)

When developing a complex philosophical position, effective organization is essential. Your
paper should begin with a brief introduction that includes a clear, easily identifiable thesis
statement as well a
in which you explain how you will clarify and defend your thesis.
When reading your paper, it should be clear
at all times
how your claims relate to your thesis.
Think of a thesis paper as a
paper—everything that you include and every
organizational decision that you make is in service of clarifying and defending your thesis.
The body of your paragraph should include section titles.
Each paragraph in the body of your essay should begin with a
topic sentence
. Your topic
sentence is the main point you are trying to make in your paragraph. You can think of it as a
mini-thesis for the paragraph.
Each paragraph in the body of your essay should end with a
concluding sentence
. Your
concluding sentence summarizes the main point you made in your paragraph. You can think of
it as the take-away message for the paragraph. Concluding sentences give your reader a
sense of closure when they reach the end of the paragraph.
Example of a paragraph with a topic and concluding sentence:

Canada is one of the best countries in the world for three reasons.
First, Canada has an
excellent health care system. All Canadians have access to medical services at reasonable
prices. Second, Canada has a high standard of education. Students are taught by well-trained
teachers and are encouraged to continue studying at university. Finally, Canada’s cities are
clean and efficiently managed. Canadian cities have many parks and lots of space for people to
In short, Canada is a desirable place to live.”
Your paper should include a conclusion in which you briefly restate your thesis, summarize what
you did, stress any surprising results, and point out possible weaknesses or loose ends in your
Your prose should be clear. That is, your reader should have no difficulty understanding you.
One effective strategy for ensuring this involves giving your paper to a friend to read. If they can
follow your discussion from start to finish, even without knowing anything about your topic, then
your paper is likely clear and well-organized.
Finally, your discussion should be concise. One of the key skills involved in this paper is
determining what is necessary to convey the argument, and what is not. As much as possible,
limit the scope of your discussion to what is necessary to answer the question asked. That
being said, it is entirely possible to include too little in your discussion—make sure that you have
completely answered the question. You might feel like you are repeating yourself somewhat—
this is not necessarily a problem for philosophical writing.
Accuracy (20%):
Your discussion should accurately describe the views relevant to the topic you choose.
Argument Strength (25%):