Are Human Embryos Human Beings?

Published Date: March 18, 2024 | Topics: Philosophy, Politics and Current Affairs

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Among the constants in human history is this: When people want to justify killing, enslaving, or otherwise abusing a class of their fellow human beings, they first dehumanize them. I suspect that the dehumanization of the victims is typically meant not only to persuade others to go along or look the other way; it is also to convince the dehumanizers themselves.

As a matter of scientifically demonstrable fact, human embryos, no less than human fetuses, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults, are human beings — living members of the species Homo sapiens. Those words — “embryo,” “infant,” “adolescent,” and so forth…

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