When Does a Human Being Become a Person?

  • At conception

  • After 20 weeks’ gestation

  • After 24 weeks (fetal viability outside the womb)

  • At birth

  • At the point that the individual expresses self-consciousness and an interest in their continued existence

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Different sides of the abortion debate define the beginning of personhood at different points in development. The next six slides examine each point of human development as the point to define the beginning of personhood. Let's begin at conception...

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