Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Fetus is Alive

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Making the Case For Fetal Personhood:

My analysis of abortion has to begin with an inquiry into the nature of the object of the procedure, the fetus. Although the Supreme Court has spoken of the human fetus as a mere theory of life for the first two trimesters and then as a mere potentiality of life during the third trimester, I cannot take seriously the proposition that the fetus is not alive. My high school biology suffices to refute the absurdity of such a position. It may be possible to debate whether sponges or viruses are forms of life but it seems patently absurd to doubt that any mammalian fetus constitutes life. The very purpose of abortion quite obviously is to kill the fetus - this would seem quite unnecessary if it were not alive.

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