Abortion and the Beginning of Personhood

In a previous post, I made a paper I wrote last semester for Ethics class entiled A Scriptural Evaluation on the NT Believer’s Use of Tattoos and Body Piercings available for download. Another paper that I wrote for this class was on the issue of abortion. It was a brief paper, so I narrowed my topic to the specific issue of when personhood begins. In other words, I sought to answer the question, when is the fetus a person, or, when does it become a person. The reason the answer to this question is so important is because it is the watershed issue of the abortion debate. It determines whether or not the killing of the fetus is murder (the killing of an innocent person) or simply exterminating matter.

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