Ph'nglui mglw'nafn Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
- Apr 3, 2020
I would suggest personhood is effectively having mental capacity. There's the same logic behind switching life support off: if a human being is braindead, there's no person to sustain, just a bag of living meat. The brain has to develop to a certain point to be able to support thought, feelings, receive sensations, etc. and for fetuses that's the third trimester.I personally think that a person becomes a person at the point where they can survive outside of the womb. Prior to that they are only a potential person. Once a fetus can viably be removed from its mother without killing it then it should have all the rights of a person. Before that might it might as well be a blob of lunch meat.
That's not necessarily the legal logic, though.