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A False Assumption

by Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr.
Libertarians for Life
Copyright 1978

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The underlying premise in the arguments pro-abortionists give against fetal personhood is that non-persons can change into persons. They are saying that a living being can undergo a radical, essential change in its nature during its lifetime.

But there is a logical problem here. If the change was biologically inevitable from conception, given time, then this change is not a change in essential nature.

This is because if the being naturally initiates the change, it must be in its nature from the beginning to do so. If it is in its nature to do so, then despite any changes in such characteristics as independence, place of residence, physical development, or demonstration of mental ability, what the being is in later life is what the being is from the beginning of its life.

This means that if we are persons with the right to be free from aggression later in life, we are persons even at conception.




LFL explains and defends the libertarian case against abortion choice. Our reasoning is expressly scientific and philosophical rather than either pragmatic or religious, or merely political or emotional.

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