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January 25th, 2011, 05:11 PM
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First and Second bolded: So your definition of "human" revolves around the ideal that "something of human nature" becomes a viable "human" when conscious thought comes into existence? So I think it would be logical to deduce from that, given that you believe a 24 week fetus or possibly younger is a viable human, that there is scientific evidence of brain functionality beginning at a certain week of gestation? Can you please show me the study where the scientific community has came up with a definitive answer? Or do you just "feel" like that is a proper point to determine that it's human? Why?
My only argument was that the well-being concerns related to before the 24 week stage are much less because the brain is not sufficiently developed to process basic information such as pain.

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Because it looks human to you at that point? It's not viable without the mother at 24 weeks and an attempt won't even be made to save a fetus at younger then 24 weeks gestation. So at 23 weeks and 6 days, a fetus is probably still not cable of conscious brain activity so we have no concern for it's well being, but when it hits your magical 24 week mark, it does? Or is this because you know that 24 weeks is when at attempt at saving a fetus will be made?
I think a fetus should be saved at any stage of the pregnancy if the mother desires that it be brought to term. The reasoning for this varies by age, but before the 24 week stage it would primarily be for the mother's well-being related to her own desires to have a child. Later in the pregnancy (let's say the last trimester) I would say that the fetus is sufficiently "human" to have it's own well-being taken into account for its own sake.

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So, do you base your whole perception of what defines human off of when the scientific community says that a fetus can be saved by hooking it up to machines that does everything for it? Is that even a baby? Something that just lies there not doing anything except existing with machines doing what a mother's body usually would do, that's a human? I want to understand what you define human as and why you deem something human at the point you do.
I would say that the point of viability is an important issue because it potentially releases the mother from the obligation to care for the child. Of course, there would be significant risk to a baby to deliver it at that stage just so the mother could avoid the inconvenience of carrying it. I think after the first couple months of pregnancy the mother needs to make a commitment to either carry the baby to term or to abort it as soon as possible. The commitment to continue the pregnancy should be as binding as if someone adopted a child.

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Third Bolded: Given that you would potentially call a fetus of less than 24 weeks gestation a human, then I assume you are for charging mothers who have abortions when they are 21, 22 or 23 weeks, with murder? You said previously that you think abortions at or after 24 weeks should be illegal, but then also said that you believe a fetus at less than 24 weeks is a potentially a viable human, so you are okay killing a human at that point?
I don't think I said that a 24 week old fetus is necessarily a child, I think a good argument can be made that before that point there is less reason for concern. This is all a gray area and I think I could be convinced fairly easily to shift a few weeks or a month either way. I am open to discussion on that. It is important to understand that there isn't a specific day where a transformation happens and we go from "non-person" to "full-fledged-person". It is a process and a transformation over time. What I think matters is to try and delineate where the safe zones are. The issue relating to 24 weeks was in response to a claim that brain activity occurs at somewhere around 4-5 weeks. I don't see that only autonomous brain functions of the brain-stem are of significant concern.
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