Pro-life CBC Editorial
Pro-choice CBC Editorial.
Reading the comments I came across the following absurd statement:
It's a logical fallacy to simply assume a fetus is a person or human being...
A logical fallacy refers to some sort of error or flaw in a logical argument. It can refer to a mistake in one's pattern of reasoning or an untrue statement. The author of the above comment is essentially saying that it is an error to assume that a human fetus is a human.
Where do I begin with such a foolish statement? The urge to heap ad hominem upon this
The definition of a human being is not one for philosophical debate. Anyone who says it is needs to go back to highschool and take biology again. Clearly, they were not paying attention in class. Any and all attempts to philosophize about what it is that makes us human can only be rooted in unforgivable superstition and scientific ignorance.
We know what makes us human.
All beings, human or otherwise, are defined by their DNA. This was shown by Watson and Crick in 1953. The Human Genome Project is a massive ongoing project to decode the entire human genome.
There are 24 distinct human chromosomes: 22 autosomal chromosomes, and the sex-determining X and Y chromosomes. The egg provides 23 chromosomes (22 autosomal chromosomes plus and X) and the sperm provides 23 chromosomes (22 autosomal chromosomes plus either and X or a Y) for a total of 46. A human being is therefore defined at conception when the egg and sperm join.
Biogenesis is the process through which life forms produce other life forms like themselves. To find out what a living thing is or will be, one need look no further than at its parents. A human woman can therefore give birth to nothing other than a human. Stages of development change, but it will always be a human. Abilities and disabilities can never be considered when defining a human being. This is a scientifically untenable position, since both individuals with disabilities and individuals with exceptional abilities still contain all the DNA required to define a human being.
That a human fetus is a human being is an axiom, not a logical fallacy. No assumption is being made. It is simply an unarguable statement of scientific fact.