- Aug 21, 2007
This is absolutely not a well documented scientific fact as there is a wide range of opinions on when human personhood occurs. Regardless, we are discussing when they have legal personhood with all the rights and protections of human beings.
You keep changing the terminology. A biological human being is as scientifically verifiable as any other species of animal. At conception a new member of the species with distinct genetics is created. Debating legal personhood is putting the cart before the horse. The subject is an innocent human being, scientifically. On what basis do we deliberately deprive innocent human beings of their lives?
It demonstrates exactly that because it requires you to make a value judgment over whose life is more deserving of protection. Given that literally an unlimited number of embryos is not worth one child's life or as dank shows, even one child's significant injury, they are clearly not the same thing or even remotely approaching it.
It demonstrates that people are willing to sacrifice innocent party A for innocent party B depending on the circumstances. It demonstrates human decision-making under pressure. It says absolutely nothing about what is a human being and what isn't.