Can Neuroscience Challenge Roe V. Wade?
Science at Issue in Debate on Morning-After Pill - NYTimes.com
By Shelly Kagan We all believe that death is bad. But why is death bad? In thinking about this question, I am simply going to assume that the death of my body is the end of my existence as a person. (If you don't believe me, read the first nine chapters of my book.) But if death is my end, how can it be bad for me to die? Is Death Bad for You? - The Chronicle Review
Photograph by Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images. Just when you thought the religious right couldn’t get any crazier, with its personhood amendments and its attacks on contraception, here comes the academic left with an even crazier idea: after-birth abortion. No, I didn’t make this up. “Partial-birth abortion” is a term invented by pro-lifers. After-Birth Abortion: The pro-choice case for infanticide
When considering the issue of “personhood”—the idea that a fetus (or really any state of gestational development from sperm-meets-egg onward) should be counted as a citizen with all the rights and legal protections entailed therein—I really try to understand the pro-life point of view. I generally like the idea of babies, after all, and I respond with human warmth when I meet a pregnant woman, just as most people do. But there’s always one vexing detail that trips me up—those women are “persons,” too. And though I’m not an ethics expert, I can’t see how granting full rights to a fetus doesn’t detract from the full (and far more demonstrable) citizenship and freedoms of its mother. Ada Calhoun has a fascinating piece in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine exploring just this issue, her entryway being the recent establishment of “chemical-endangerment laws” in states like Alabama. Chemical-Endagerment Laws: Are Pregnant Women Second-Class Citizens?