Re: Arguments from Nonexistence. Was: Extropians and animal rights

Samael (
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 09:31:28 -0000

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From: joe dees <>
>A professor of mine once asserted that he would be willing to grant full
rights of personhood to fetuses the moment they petitioned for same - his point being that it is an act of bad faith to assign personhood rights to organisms that do not and never have possessed the subjectivity essential to the exercise of freedom and choice, and cannot assume any responsibility correlative to such rights.

Unfortunately the same applies to month old babies. Unless you count the pain response as a petition for the right not to be poked - in which case feotuses show that.

Are you arguing that it would be alright to kill one month old babies?