Implications of Functionally-Defined Personhood

  • Newborns lack the ability to perform personal functions - in fact, newborn humans are less capable physically and mentally than virtually all other mammals

  • Therefore, on the basis of functionally-defined personhood, newborns fail the test could be killed on the basis of "non-personhood"

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Human newborns are among the least capable mammals in their ability to perform physically and mentally. Personhood based upon the ability to perform certain personal functions could be used to define newborns as non-persons, rendering them susceptible to possible infanticide.
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