Sigh, I still cannot get this forum to quote more than one word at a time
What I am trying to say is that there is a difference between the acts which renders one immoral and the other not immoral. The “non-difference” or sameness that occurs is that in each case, an unborn child dies. Certain acts are called abortion because they have certain qualities which differentiate them from other acts, ie, abortions are committed on babies in their mothers’ wombs, and cannot be committed on babies who have been born, or are totally outside their mothers’ bodies, nor are they committed when the death of the child is due to a different sort of action altogether. We don’t even call it an abortion when someone shoots a pregnant woman in the stomach and kills the baby. Abortions consist of certain actions and intentions, and that is what makes them abortions instead of some other act.
Clearly delineating this sort of thing is not some sort of plot.
(I would like to clarify that I am speaking of the morality of the act itself, which does not necessarily apply to those involved in the committing of the act.)
Yes, as it happens, I have eaten eggs on a farm where the eggs may well have been fertilized. However, just because we cannot see something in the egg does not mean it isn’t there. Hidden in the fertilized egg, as yet too small to see, is a blastogerm. The reason that a fried egg is different from a fried chicken is that what we see is the albumin and the yolk, which are in the egg to provide nutrition for the developing chick. We cannot perceive with our senses the developing chick; however, if the egg were gathered very late from the nest, what we would have is more like fried chicken than fried eggs.
You know that thing about Schroedinger’s cat? I have never understood that. Why? Because either the cat in the box is dead or not. It is not our knowledge or pereception which make it one or the other, our opening the box simply allows us to discover an already existing fact.
In the same way, a turtle egg contains a turtle. It does not contain a cat. It does not contain an elephant. It does not even contain a bird. What is inside the egg is a turtle just as much as what has emerged from the egg 2 minutes later is a turtle. It defies common sense to say that one second before it is hatched it is not a turtle, but one second after it hatches, it is a turtle.
Human beings go through stages, with varying levels of dependence. Some humans are aged, wrinkled and bent over. They do not reeally resemble one year olds much, but even the oldest human was once a one-year-old. Each of us has been a toddler, a teen, a young adult. We got to those stages by passing through the stages of being
blastulae, zygotes, fetuses, infants, toddlers, etc.
Location, dependence, size, none of these ought to make a human less-than-human; that was a tactic used by slave-owners.