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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 refutes parent assertion  The US legal system supports the idea that killing an innocent person is wrong
Node Text: Roe v Wade denies that fetuses are persons

Pro-lifers typically say that from the moment of conception, a human zygote-becoming-embryo-becoming-fetus is a person, with the same rights as other persons. Although some pro-choicers (including yours truly) think that the abortion right can be justified even assuming that fetuses are persons, many treat the status of the fetus as crucial, and deny its personhood. The Supreme Court itself made this move in Roe v. Wade. The Court thought that acknowledging fetal personhood would mean the "collapse" of the case for an abortion right, and then denied that fetuses are persons under the Constitution.
Node Created: Ulysses Berman — 2008-06-30 13:01:14

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