a: Fetus ~
b: Vegetable


"Look, when we think about ending an early human life, this is something that is really bad for the embryo or early fetus that dies, it's losing out tremendously - I agree with that as I already said. And then you said that it's one of the things that we should care about. And, um, I think that I should have said before that I think it's really dangerous to slide from noticing that something is bad for something, to thinking that that gives us a moral reason. And just to prove that that doesn't follow, think about plants. So lots of things are bad for trees, and plants, and flowers, and often that gives us no reasons whatsoever, certainly no moral reasons. In my view, fetuses that die before they're ever conscious really are a lot like plants: They're living things, but there's nothing about them that would make us think that they count morally in the way that people do."

Writer: Princeton Prof. Elizabeth Harmon
Date: Jan 21 2018 5:57 PM

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