Skip to main content
No. of Recommendations: 1
Well, you could take this a step further, since the sperm and egg are also indisputably alive. If we accept that a fetus is a potential person, then doesn't it stand to reason that a sperm and egg are also a potential person?

Not necessarily. Any given red blood cell is alive - it's not a potential person (given current technology). My point was simply to clarify that the legal issue that is implicated in these debates isn't about when life begins, but when personhood or humanity begins. A caterpillar is alive, but it is not a butterfly.

The case currently going up to the SCOTUS concerns neither of those issues, though. Roe and Casey held that the state has a valid, legitimate interest in protecting the potential human life that exists during pregnancy; however, they held that in adopting regulations to protect that interest, the state could not prohibit abortion prior to fetal viability. The Mississippi law violates that specific precedent, and the Court is being asked to limit that specific holding of Roe and Casey. The Court is not being asked to address whether a fetus is a person or whether it is alive.

Albaby
Print the post  

Announcements

What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.