A fetus is not alive? Waaah?

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    I'm not going to name names but I recently saw another poster make one the most dumbfounding statements I've ever seen posted on a messageboard. And it inspired this thread. The comment in question was that abortion doesn't kill a fetus because a fetus isn't alive. Yes, you heard that correct. I repeat, abortion doesn't kill a fetus because a fetus isn't alive. :eusa_eh:

    So then I wonder, am I missing something? Because honestly, I can't imagine how anyone without seriously diminished intellectual capacity could actually believe that a normal, healthy fetus isn't alive. For the record, I am pro-choice. But I am certainly not capable of the mental gymnastics required to fool myself into believing that abortion isn't killing a fetus. That's simply absurd.

    What do you make of this?
     
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    I think the issue is less "is the fetus alive" (because, of course it's alive). but we terminate life all the time for various reasons. so the real issue is ... is this the type of life that people should make their own moral judgments about terminating?

    but i am wondering why you seem to be obsessing about reproductive choice right now.
     
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    Ok. so we agree, the statement in question was absurd.

    And I'm not obsessed with reproductive choice at all. As always, I'm obsessed with exposing abject stupidity and/or hypocrisy. I can't control where it will surface or with what frequency.
     
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    :lol:

    A fetus is not alive in the same sense as a living, breathing person...it is alive in the same sense as a sperm, or a finger, or a toe...though it does have greater potential to become a living, breathing human than the other three do...as of now, anyway.
     
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    I agree....

    Does Mani disagree with that conclusion?
     
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    Well, not having seen the comment you're referring to, I'm afraid I can't address the context.
     
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    I do not.

    And that is also not consistent with the dumbfounding statement in question either...is it?
     
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    Can you quote this statement, manipoo?
     
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    I've elected not to make it personal, out of respect for the individual who posted it. So you'll just have to take my word for it (or not) that it was as I stated in the OP.
     
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    Fine. Here is the exact quote.

    ...he uses the word kill to describe abortion and I feel that is not the proper term as you can't kill something that isn't alive.
     

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