Re: Fetal tissue

James Rogers (
Tue, 03 Mar 1998 19:33:00 -0800

At 04:48 PM 3/3/98 -0500, Reilly Jones wrote:
><But a fetus is not yet a person.>
>Purely by definition, and mostly, but not entirely, for convenience's sake.
> A slave was not a full person at the time we kicked those tyrannical Brits
>back across the Atlantic, either. Yet, solely by definition, they
>eventually became a person. Do you see the parallel?

This does *not* parallel.

A green apple and a red apple are both apples. While superficially
different they are functionally identical. There is a measure of
equivalence between these two apples, so judgements should be based on a
principle of equivalence.

Consider a green apple and a green apple *seed*. In this case we are more
concerned with the relationship being *equitable* because by definition
there is no equivalence. An equitable judgement will not always favor the

-James Rogers