Claim: Prior to 20 Weeks, a Fetus Is Not a Person - Rebuttal

Person = Personality Problem

  • All persons were once fetuses. When did we go from non-person status to person status?

  • To say that personality defines personhood is to deny the role of the body

  • Mind/Body dualism?

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Defining personhood on the basis of personality results in several problems. It is impossible to know when a fetus goes from non-person to person status. Of course, personality is a function of the body, and is programmed at least partially by the DNA. Trying to distinguish a separate existence of the mind from the brain results in a kind of mind/body dualism that is not accepted by the vast majority of secular scientists.
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