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As far as the abortion debate, I wish we could just make a damn ruling of when life begins and be done with it. We could use a Magic 8 ball, we would be so much better off no matter who 'won'.

Here is the main catch, medical technology changes and advances much faster than are moral decision making processes.

When Roe v. Wade was handed down, it basically said the government has no interest until the fetus/baby reaches the point of viability. At the time that was about 34 weeks gestational age (full term is 38-40). IIRC, JFK and Jackie lost a child born at 32 weeks. Today, the NICU takes babies as young as 23 weeks. So by SCOTUS ruling/reasoning, partial birth abortions are now illegal, but yet they are still protected and ongoing.

Currently we have standard tests for determining brain death. However, new technology has shown that people we think are brain dead are actually responding to stimuli. If I recall an experiment showing a "brain dead" person imagining they were playing tennis after they were given that suggestion.

So some argue that a fetus isn't a human until brain waves appear. Sounds logical. However, what technology is sitting out there that hasn't been tried to prove otherwise?

And here is another catch for your Sci-Fi pleasure. A team in Japan is/was working on an artificial uterus. They were able to get a blast/fetus to attach and grow. The experiment was terminated at 14 days, who know how long it could have gone. Logan's Run anybody.

JLC
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