WHEN DOES A FETUS BECOME A WOMAN?
The headline to the RealClear Politics link to this AJC debate between Shaunti Feldhahn and Diane Glass is actually more interesting to me than the debate itself. Both make the standard arguments reasonably well. I side with Feldhahn’s reasoning but give Glass points for being better looking.
But I digress. Framing the question as in the debate itself, when a fetus becomes a person, is interesting but misses the nuance of the rephrased version: when it becomes a woman. This is critical, since, after all, the entire rationale for the abortion rights argument is the right of a woman to control her own body. Fair enough. So, at what point does that control inhere? At some point, the fetus is genetically female yet hasn’t even the basic right not to be killed. At some later point, the fetus has grown into a woman with all manner of rights, including the right to kill any fetus growing inside her. I’m wondering at what moment this transition takes place.