Unthinking Majority wrote:
This has nothing to do with the ethics of abortion.
Slavery also was pushed on a minority who were denied legal personhood by a supermajority. Slavery was banned because it was ethically wrong. 100% of non-black Americans could agree with slavery but that doesn't mean it should be legal or would be ethical.
I've never heard anyone say "Omg i'm pregnant with Bob's fetus". It's easier to kill someone, or enslave someone, when you dehumanize them, because then people don't feel as guilty. This is what slave owners and Nazis did.
So personhood is bestowed upon a fetus by an invisible magic wand that's inside the vagina as the "fetus" slides out of the vaginal canal during childbirth? I thought you said any scientific determinations of such things are arbitrary.
How does a fetus, or a toddler for that matter, compromise for its own rights?
I agree completely, but the choice of language was done by anti-abortion propagandists.
Sure, but the important half of your argument is missing.
Language is important in a court of Law. Science says it's a fetus.
The status of being an individual, with rights, is a cultural determination. Different cultures make that determination differently. Science isn't going to help you. The old way was that children are property, and you can do anything you want to property. You sure you want to go there?
There are some good books on this by medical ethicists, I suggest you read one.