Saturday, August 09, 2008

An honest pro-abort

The vast majority of human beings are persons because they exhibit the qualities generally thought to be characteristic of persons: intelligence, autonomy, self-awareness, emotion, future-regarding intentions and moral responsibility — among others.

There are human beings who are not persons. Brain-dead individuals, sustained by life-support, provide one type of familiar, if tragic, example. Human zygotes, embryos and fetuses provide another. No organism in any of these categories possesses intelligence, self-awareness, moral responsibility or, indeed, any combination of qualities that can plausibly be thought to suffice for personhood.

And therefore, not all human beings are created equal.

See, some human beings are more equal than others.

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