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Is it a whole organism?

Yes


In what sense and when is a fetus a whole organism?

It starts out single celled. Spends some time evolving into a spherical clump of undifferentiated cells. Only over time does it develop organs that do stuff, and up nearly to the point of birth it would die as surely if removed from its mothers body as would her kidney.

I'm not sure what job "is it a whole organism" was supposed to fill in that logic chain, but it doesn't appear to me that it can carry much.

If you disagree, at what exact point does a fetus become human life?

I can think of no no logical necessity that it is at some exact point that it becomes a human life. Seems more likely to me that it is a matter of degree, and it starts at 0, and is well night towards 1 when it is a toddler, and the rest is somewhere in between I know not where.

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