abortion is carried out because while the 'fetus' is small, it is relatively easy to do, and to pretend nothing serious has been done.
I don't think anyone has made that point.
. But you have said that while the 'fetus' is in the mother, it is not born, and therefore not alive, and not a person.
That's not what I said either.
So does it become a person when it comes out?
I have no idea. There is no scientific consensus on it.
What I do know, is that if a person is on life support, and their higher brain functions are non-existent (vegetative states), then the family are asked if they wish to continue the life support.
A brain-dead individual has no clinical evidence of brain function upon physical examination. This includes no response to pain and no cranial nerve reflexes.
It is important to distinguish between brain death and states that may mimic brain death (e.g., barbiturate overdose, alcohol intoxication, sedative overdose, hypothermia, hypoglycemia, coma or chronic vegetative states). Some comatose patients can recover, and some patients with severe irreversible neurological dysfunction will nonetheless retain some lower brain functions such as spontaneous respiration, despite the losses of both cortex and brain stem functionality.
Would you be willing to tell families who turn off the life support machines of their vegetative relatives, that they are murders and that the person is still alive, and that they are KILLING them? Or would you let them make their own damned decision?
Higher brain function controls the following:Frontal LobesParietal LobeOccipital LobeTemporal Lobe
Must we assign personhood to something which cannot and never has been able to
form or store memories, has no emotions, no spontaneity, no recognition, that doesn't respond to any kind of stimuli, has never been able to and cannot recognise faces, or objects, or make sense of its surroundings, see, hear, or interpret any kind of audio-visuality? That if on a life machine, some would class as dead.
I honestly can't. Perhaps you can - and you have every right to. I'm not trying to change your personal perspective. What I'm asking is why should your perspective be legislated? How would you like it if I tried to legislate mine on you? I don't think you'd like it.
Didn't Jesus once say do unto others........?