Donovan, Patricia. “When Does Personhood Begin?” Family Planning Perspectives 15.1 (1983): 40-44. JSTOR. Web. 23 Oct. 2013
This article discusses the concept of when personhood begins. Through law and science this article defines life and refutes the concept that personhood begins during conception. This article uses how fetal personhood affects both medical care and legal aspects. Death and brain-death is also incorporated within this article to help better explain life. In my debate this article was used to help explain personhood and how it does not begin simply during conception, because there are several factor that change the "life" of a person, that occurs outside of the womb. This also explains how personhood has both a biological side, and a side that science or biology alone cannot explain.
Forsythe, Clark D. “Saving personhood: Growing number of states protects the unborn child.” Washington Times (2011) : 1-3. ProQuest. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
This article discusses the increase in anti-abortion laws, and the concept that the fetus under law is now protected. This article cites the founding anti-abortion law statement that has served as the starting point of abortion law in America.In my debate this article helped establish the history of life beginning at conception and supports how then if conception is the beginning of life constitutionally life should be protected. I also used this article to show the grey area this argument leaves as it adheres to this concept of life beginnign at conception as a total truth.
Holland, Kitty. “Savita death report finds foetus, not mother, was main focus: Hospital staff underemphasized woman’s worsening health, HSE report finds.” The Irish Times (2013) : 1-2. ProQuest. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
This article discusses the event that a fetus was monitor rather than the pregnant woman. As a result the woman died. Despite the request for termination of the pregnancy, the fetus was protected under law and the request denied. In my debate this article helped show how the argument of life beginning at conception leave out the woman. The woman become a host or a producer in this case and essentially negated the woman's right to life.
Koch. Christof. “When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?” Scientific American 42: (2009) : 1-3. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
This article discusses when consciousness arrives in babies. The article goes in depth about the chemical reaction that occur after a child is born versus the state a fetus is in womb. The fetus is in a sleep state for the majority of the pregnancy and there is no proof of consciousness. This article helped support the notion that life begins after birth. Due to the fact that consciousness arises post-birth, the fetus then should not be considered a person until it is brought into the world.
Schwarzwalder, Rob. “The Best Pro-life Arguments for Secular Audiences. Family Research Council (2011). Web. 23 Oct. 2013
This article discusses how the concept that life beginning at conception should be presented and discussed without the use of faith. This article looked at scientific evidence to prove that life began at birth. In my debate I used this article to prove the concept that life began after conception. With the scientific evidence, this article provides data to support the concept that life should be protect at conception because life begins at fertilization.
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