Friday, November 26, 2010

When does a fetus become a person?

Suzanne of Big Blue Wave posted this a few days ago, and yesterday Fr. Tim Moyle posted it.

CBC video from 1972

Reflecting on the fact that my own first baby was born several weeks premature, I realised that my experience gives testimony to the fact that personhood is part of the identity of all human beings, whether born or yet-to-be-born. The fact that Rebecca entered the world of visible human beings earlier than expected, attests to her membership in the human race. As Dr. Usher says:

"Obviously a baby is exactly the same as he is going to be, after birth,(as) one minute before birth; he is just in a different place."

So how have we managed to stray so far from this obvious truth in the past 40 years?

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