What Constitutes Humanity?
Strata Rose Chalup
Wed, 23 May 2001 01:02:49 -0700
Jeff Bone wrote:
> More to the point: I'm defining life experientially. You've either lived a life,
> or you haven't. I'm not placing any particular value on quantity of life lived;
> I'm counting it a binary, you've either lived *some* life or not.
And at what point have you lived *some* life or not? At the point
where cellular division occurs? Stem-cell differentiation? Viability
with artificial life support (of what era)? Viability without artificial
life support? Full-term development before expulsion? Post-expulsion?
Pre-language development? What?
If you want to kill zygotes, and the mother is ok with that, I won't
try to stop you. If you do so without *any sign of remorse* or any
acknowledgement that a real person has been killed, I'll think you
were ignorant of biology, immature, or both. Same goes for the mother.
I think the death penalty is a fine thing. I think folks should be
allowed to euthanize themselves if they want to. I support
women making a choice whether to birth a baby or terminate the
pregnancy. What pisses me off is the attitude of much of society
that the first two constitute a person dying and the third is
no big deal.
Strata Rose Chalup [KF6NBZ] strata "@" virtual.net
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