Prep Post #25: Kissling p358-72

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetus)

In this reading, the discussion largely revolved around the fetus and its value as a person, talking about abortion from a relatively prochoice point of view.

Pregnancy

(http://sunherbal.com/faqs/pregnancy-and-chinese-herbal-medicines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pregnancy-and-chinese-herbal-medicines)

When discussing whether the fetus has rights, what often comes up is the idea that pro-life activists seem to disregard the rights that women have over their bodies. Which I think is kind of interesting; it seems to me that a lot of people who are ‘prolife’ are actually ‘probirth’, and don’t necessarily  care what happens to the children afterwards. Pro-life, in my opinion should be used to describe the rights to living a full life rather than just to being alive.

(http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/photogallery/peterson.html)

Cases such as the Laci Peterson Case actually provided an angle of debate to whether the fetus has value as a person or not; if a pregnant woman is killed, and both her and her unborn baby are counted as victims, then what does that say about abortion? If one assigns any value to a fetus, then it potentially becomes seen as a person and not just a fetus..

 

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