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Life News: A British appeals court says an unborn baby is not a person, yet a girl whose mother drank heavily during her pregnancy was born with disabilities. Still, the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Court of Appeal sits, ruled that an unborn baby is an “organism” not “a person.”
Life News: The core problem is illustrated by my debater’s claim that rights are given once someone can “breathe, move, eat, and vocalize like an infant.” Another woman I debated claimed the standard was “living and breathing and walking around like you and I are.” While our society often doesn’t like to admit that there can be one right standard, when it comes to human life, there is. -Allied Attorney Kristi Burton Brown.
National Review: A living member of the species Homo sapiens in the embryonic stage of development can be treated as a person in the sense of its being wrong to act to bring about the end of its life, without being treated as having culpability for anything at all. The same is true of a member of the human species in the infant stage of development: You don’t hold them responsible for anything they do, but they’re still persons with the right not to be killed.
Family Leader: “The inalienable right to life of every person at any stage of development shall be recognized and protected.” Those words appear as a proposed Amendment to the Iowa Constitution.
LifeSiteNews: Yale University is organizing a conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human” for December 6-8, 2013. It will feature, among other proponents of personhood rights for animals, notorious infanticide and bestiality-promoting ethicist Peter Singer.
Personhood North Dakota: Confirming that the protection of every human being is within reach, The Defense of Human Life Act, HB 1450, has passed in the North Dakota House with an overwhelming majority of 68 – 25.
Caffeinated Thoughts: State Representative Tom Shaw (R-Laurens) authored House File 138, a personhood bill, which would prohibit abortion from the moment of conception. The bill’s language essentially changes the definition of “person” in the Iowa Code 707.1 which defines murder.