The item that was chosen for the analysis is an article “A dark day for human rights: Roe vs Wade overturned” written by Sophie King-Hill as a guest blogger for the College of Social Sciences in Birmingham. The main argument of it is that the restriction of the right to abortion violates human rights and will lead to multiple negative consequences. The argument fits the concept of the overturning of Roe v Wade that is used as a background of the author’s reflection that triggered the current right-related issue. Thus, it may be regarded as purposeful as it determined the theme of the article and its flow being a subject that should be discussed. In addition, the concept strengthens the argument providing the issues, such as the limitation of human rights and the discrimination of women, which the author asks to consider.
In general, King-Hill (2022) expresses her argument through her emotions related to the concept that are subsequently supported by premises. Thus, she states: “When I read about this, the feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach was tangible and my reaction was visceral” and provides reliable and important evidence to explain her feelings making it worth to be considered (King-Hill, 2022, para. 1). The author applies deductive reasoning as she uses the following premises to make a particular conclusion.
The author’s argument may be considered due to the high level of credibility of her premises (Moore & Parker, 2020). For example, she references other reliable sources, legal acts, and historical facts. Other characteristics of this article as the author’s argument from analogy and cause and effect reasoning as she compares the current situation with historical events, identify similarities, and concludes that the ban of abortion in the present will lead to the same negative consequences that could be observed in the past (Moore & Parker, 2020). One more feature of the article is value judgements, in particular about law. In the author’s system of values, the ban of abortion is the violation of human rights and freedom to choose and speak out – in this case, the overturning of Roe v Wade determined her reaction.
From a personal perspective, the argument presented by King-Hill (2022) may be regarded as highly convincing. The author does not only express her attitude to the overturning of Roe v Wade and concerns related to the possibility of the ban of abortions in the United Kingdom but supports her claim using deductive reasoning. In general, I agree with her premises as I believe that history is cyclic and the consequences of similar actions in the past may repeat in the present.
King-Hill, S. (2022). A dark day for human rights: Roe vs Wade overturned. University of Birmingham.
Moore, B. N., & Parker, R. (2020). Critical thinking (13th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education.