In not certain what your point is, Philip, but if my mother had been told when I was a twelve weeks old fetus that there were a risk that I had Down syndrome and had aborted me, I would have no objections. I didn’t exist as a person that time and I would never had become one.Philip wrote: ↑Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:00 pmIt appears that Nils suffers from a disconnect - because Nils the man is the very same human as was Nils the baby at one month in his mother's womb. If his mom had aborted him, no NILS. And speaking of an arbitrary assignment of personhood - so now Nils was only human when he began to develop consciousness.
This is a slippery slope argument and it is false. In my society free abortion up to the 18th week has been a law since 1974. Despite this I have never heard anybody advocating killing elderly persons without their consent, not even mentioning the possibility. Unfortunately killing them even if they consent is also still forbidden, but that is another story.And when one realizes his arguments why a costly, inconvenient, unborn baby would be better aborted - really, you could (and many would) easily apply his reasoning to a elderly parent with dementia or some medical condition that has rendered them helpless. So, that same mentality logically will lead many to consider euthanasia of the very old and infirm to be equally moral and justified.
By the way, Philip, I address you directly, I don’t talk about you. I think that is more polite.