[FoRK] What Is Human? Ugh...

Russell Turpin deafbox at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 26 12:33:51 PST 2004

The irony is that no one -- not even the most
ardent pro-lifers -- take seriously the notion that
early zygotes are people. If they did, then they
would view zygotic failure to implant as the
single largest cause of human death, exceeding
all other causes combined, and as a consequence
(a) there would be massive efforts, manifest as
charities, and study grants, and research
foundations to stop this, even though it meant
that we would thereby greatly increase the
incidence of serious birth defects (but since the
defective zygote already IS a person, that's the
right thing), (b) churches would routinely bury
and give sacraments over the menstrual flow of
any congregant recently pregnant, (c) would-be
parents would similarly name it and create
memorials to it, etc.

It's all a bunch of nonsense, of course. But it
is the only logical conclusion from the idiocy
that a person begins at conception, which
itself stems from the idiocy that there is some
magical, qualitative notion of "soul."

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