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ADOPTION KILLS CHILDREN These are the words that were barbarically shoved in my face as I was passing Morgentaler Clinic on Hillsdale Avenue According to Websters English Dictionary the word child refers to a person between birth and adolescence Thus a fetus cannot be referred to as a child However if we were to consider a fetus to be a child a human being with rights and freedoms whos rights are we to protect the mothers or the childs Could a fetus potentially be granted human rights A major fallacy perpetrated by pro-life activists is their interchangeable use of the word person with the terms human humanity or human being These terms are not synonymous For example pro-life activists often confuse the adjective human and the noun human being giving them the same meaning Im struck by the question they often pose to pro-choicers But isnt it human - as if we think a fetus is really a creature from outer space If you point out that a fetus consists of human tissue and DNA pro-lifers triumphantly claim you just conceded that its a human being Now a flake of dandruff from my head is human but it is not a human being and in this sense neither is a fertilized egg Anti-abortion activists would respond that a fertilized egg is not like dandruff because the egg consists of a unique set of chromosomes that makes it a distinct human being But with cloning a cell from my dandruff is enough to create a new human being Although it would have my identical genetic make-up it would still be a unique individual because human beings are much more than our genes Also both a fertilized egg and a cloned cell represent a potential not an actual human being Its a worn clich but bears repeating - an acorn isnt an oak tree and the egg you had for breakfast isnt a chicken So the only
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