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Old 03-06-2006, 05:24 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Samuel Dravis
Again, where do you decide that it has cognitive functions?
Can you give me a concrete time, specifically, when any given fetus becomes a person?
When there is a brain and a nervous system capable of performing some manner of cognitive function. I'm pretty sure that I've made that perfectly clear. I've reiterated it. You can bring in your artificial arguments about adults brain activity being stopped, but if a person goes more than a month with zero brain activity they are declared brain-dead. They aren't people anymore. They are a collection of organs that still function autonomously.

However, they're still more of a person than a fetus, because they still HAVE a brain that contains memories and parts of their person inside of it, even if they are incapable of accessing or using these memories. An early stage fetus doesn't have any of that. They are NOT comparable to an unconcious/coma induced/braindead grown person.

Originally Posted by Samuel Dravis
What happens when you know, barring rather unlikely circumstances, that the person will recover? Is it still ethical to kill them?
Originally Posted by ET Warrior
but that is another discussion for another time.

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