If so, then when a society declares you "not a person," (because, say, you're a slave, or a woman, or a child, or of a minority group, or of the wrong religion...) then you are not a person. End of story, because personhood is cultural, not biological.
Happy with that?
Not at all.Henry and Immanuel claim that foetuses should be granted the status of persons.
What I say is that they have that status, whether anybody wants to grant it or not.
And those who do not are complicit in murder, just as those who did not grant personhood to women were sexist and those who did not grant it to slaves or Jews were racist. Children are children: nothing another person decides will change that; and if they are not, no wish of mine will make them into persons.
They are what they are.
It's not helpful that some religionists sacralise "life" in the simplistic way they do.
I wonder what the God who created children thinks of your last statement.
The foetus's living siblings have higher statuses than their foetal brother because the former have mutual emotional bonds with their mother who has a unique relationship with each of them.
How odd. Women tell me they have a very special and precious relationship with the wanted child in their womb. One of my friends is seven months along, and she glows with delight, and tells me how she feels the baby move, and how she sings to it, and how it reacts to her...How does this relationship suddenly evaporate when the woman says she doesn't want the child?
But let's get serious here: all of this is simply dodging the topic. It's not just abortion we're on here: look at the OP. It's "sex-selection" abortion. So the wanted baby is male, and the unwanted one is female (in the vast majority of cases). And it's that you have to justify, not just abortion per se.
Sure they do.Nobody approves of abortion
And if you say some don't, then why would it be "bad" if they did? Since it's an optional act, why would it be "bad" if a woman had ten pregnancies, and killed every female one? They're all worth nothing anyway, unless the women wants them, you say.
I thought you said it was not an immoral procedure...are you now saying it is? I thought you said it was a woman's choice...are you now saying it's a bad or even regrettable choice?