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

Brain Development Problem

The development of the brain is programmed by the DNA it is an inherent function of the fertilized ovum and continues even after birth

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Defining personhood on the basis of brain development results in several problems. Brain development is controlled by the DNA, and so, is programmed to occur in a continuous progression of virtually indistinguishable events. There is no point at which the brain suddenly becomes functional. In fact, many aspects of brain development occur after birth. Most aspects of newborn personality do not emerge until weeks to months after birth. Therefore, a definition of personhood on the basis of brain development would allow for infanticide - at least through the first month.
Last Modified June 14, 2008


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