She’s smaller than you are… Does that mean that you can kill her?
Here’s how the Life Training Institute puts it: “True, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more human than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.”
2. Level of Development
Life should be protected from the very beginning: fertilization (also known as conception).
“True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than the adults they’ll one day become. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one human. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
The unborn child and the newborn infant are only separated by a few inches. Location does not determine a human being’s worth or value.
“Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-human to human? If the unborn are not already human, merely changing their location can’t make them valuable.”
4. Degree of Dependency
The unborn child’s dependence upon another human being doesn’t make him any less of a person. We’re all dependent upon others to different extents. Infants are almost entirely dependent upon their parents for survival!
“If viability makes us human, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.”
We’re All In This Together
Human beings have immense differences when it comes to our sizes, talents, accomplishments, intelligence. But we’re all equal because we share a common human nature. Human beings are valuable throughout their entire life cycle: from beginning to death.
If we care about the truth, we will follow the facts wherever they lead, no matter what the cost to our own self-interests. The truth is: we’re all persons. Join us at Personhood to protect rights for all human beings.
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