Notes - Abortion.docx - Abortion I The Wrong of Abortion(Patrick Lee Robert P George 1 Human Embryos and Fetuses are Complete(though Immature Human

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Abortion I. The Wrong of Abortion (Patrick Lee & Robert P. George) 1. Human Embryos and Fetuses are Complete (though Immature) Human Beings - The embryo from the start is distinct from any cell of the mother or of the father and is growing in its own distinct direction - The embryo is human - The embryo is a complete or whole organism, though immature 2. No-Person Arguments: The Dualist Version - “Human being” are not yet “person”. Certain defenders of abortion have argued that in order to be a person, an entity must be self-aware. This argument is based on a false premise. The argument here under review grants that the human organism comes to be at conception, but claims nevertheless that you or I, the human person, comes to be only much later, say, when self-awareness develops. But if this human organism came to be at one time, but I came to be at a later time, it follows that I am one thing and this human organism with which I am associated is another thing. This is false because we are not consciousnesses that possess or inhabit bodies - A person is a distinct subject with the natural capacity to reason and make free choices. That subject, in the case of human beings, is identical with the human organism, and therefore that subject comes to be when the human organism comes to be, even though it will take him or her months and even years to actualize the natural capacities to reason and make free choices ,
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