The debate came back around to a lot of "personhood" arguments, as the debates did in another forum as far as good reason for abortion.
Here' my thing. I am very much a pro-choicer. I don't think life begins until birth, but that is just my belief system. Still, it brings about an even bigger question for me. I think that it is rather hypocritical to demand that abortion be considered murder and have to carry a child to delivery, but at the same time you can cut off a child's foreskin, pierce their ears and everything else without their permission. Isn't that kind of going against the whole notion of personhood? Aren't these people essentially trampling all over this child's rights? I won't even go into the whole religious abuse. I really feel it is wrong to force a child to follow YOUR belief systems. Still, that's a whole nother discussion.
So what say you people?
Definition of personhood in a nutshell,and believe me there are many, is that it is the cultural and legal recognition of the equal and unalienable rights of human beings.
What are these rights? To be a person is to be protected by a series of what some would say are God-given rights along with constitutional guarantees such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So, if these prolifers insist a fetus is a person. Then why aren't they being prosecuted for mutilating children's genitals without child's permission? If one wants to argue that parents have the right to act on their child's behalf, and then this child grows up and is angry about the mutilation, can said child sue parents for bodily injury since the parent made the decision on personal grounds and not the actual views of the child? What about piercing of baby's ears? I can't stand that practice. I find it abhorrent and unfair. It's body modification for fuck's sake! What if this kid grows up with ketoid issues or has a belief system where it isn't okay to be pierced? You've ruined that child!
I don't know. I think the whole personhood argument is very hypocritical on a lot of levels.