A key question in all abortion
"When does human personhood begin?"
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"The real question today is not when human life begins, but,
'What is the value of human life?' The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother's body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being."
President Ronald Reagan, (1983). 1
"Whether or not abortion should be legal turns on the answer to
the question of whether and at what point [an embryo or] a fetus is a person. This is a
question that cannot be answered logically or empirically. The concept
of personhood is neither logical nor empirical: It is essentially a
religious, or quasi-religious idea, based on one's fundamental (and
therefore unverifiable) assumptions about the nature of the world."
Paul Campos, professor of law at the University of Colorado. (2002) 2
"In a world where man must learn more and more to recognize and to respect his brother. The [Catholic] Church wishes to make her own contribution to the service of the human community, while pointing out ... the relation that binds each person to the Creator of all life and the source of the inalienable dignity of each person, from conception to life's natural end." (Emphasis by us) Pope Benedict XVI (2005) 3
"Do not tell me these are not children. A heartbeat proves that. ... So do I." Testimony by Gianna Jessen before Congress offering her belief that human personhood starts when an embryo's heart starts beating. She claims that she was born in spite of an attempt to abort her. 4
This section describes various beliefs about when human personhood begins, and attempts to legislate those beliefs:
- President Ronald Reagan, "Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,"
The Human Life Review, 1983-Spring, Online at:
- Paul Campos, "Opinions: PAUL CAMPOS: Abortion and the rule
of law ," Scripps Howard News Service, 2002-JAN, at: http://www.nandotimes.com
- "Dignity of man, from conception until natural death, is primary, says Pope," Catholic News Agency, 2005-JUN-01, at: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/
- "Gianna Jessen Asks Congress: 'If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine'?" I was a naive pro-lifer, undated, at: https://i-was-a-naive-prolifer.tumblr.com/
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