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Argument: Argument thesis  Abortion should remain legal, but only in certain circumstances
Node type: Node refutes parent assertion  This node refutes its parent
Parent Node: Node supports parent assertion  Second and third trimester abortions should be allowed but with significant restrictions
Node Text: As a pregnancy progresses, the fertilized egg becomes increasingly "human," and deserving of moral and legal consideration

The farther away a fertilized egg is from conception, the more developed it is. Although the threshold is arbitrary, there is a point in a pregnancy where a fetus is developed enough to have its interests considered, from a moral point of view. Thus, it is legitimate for the govt to protect the interests of the unborn by restricting abortion to situations of life and death for the mother in the second and third trimesters.

Also, to quote from an article ny Atul Gawande, M.D.:

"It's not clear when the fetus can perceive, but it is doubtful that it can before 22 weeks. That's the earliest time anatomic studies give for the first sensory fibers reaching the early brain. By 25 weeks, however, neonates show complex facial reactions to stimuli that reflect higher brain--possibly conscious--activity. Somewhere between 22 and 25 weeks, the fetus does become a distinctly different being. We need more in-depth study to identify this critical juncture."
Node Created: joetab24 — 2008-06-28 20:57:04

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