Personhood?

 

Pat Bagleyz, Salt Lake Tribune

The central question is when does a being begin being a “person”?

It’s clear to most folks that an individual sperm and an individual egg are not a “person”.  It’s also clear to most folks that a child is a “person”.  The problem is determining when the status of “person” begins.

It’s important to answer this question because persons are due moral consideration while non-persons may not be.

The argument against abortion is pretty simple…

1) Personhood begins at conception.

2) Abortion stops life processes, i.e. kills a person.

3) Killing is wrong.

4) Therefore, abortion is wrong.

But — all of this relies on the big assumption in #1, namely that being a person begins at conception — and, it’s not so clear that it does.

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