Anyone who ever has seen a pair of little hands waving at her from the sonogram screen knows that a living human being — not simply a “clump of cells” or “potential life” — inhabits the womb of a pregnant woman.
So abortion-rights advocates now argue that what you see on that sonogram is human and alive but not a human person and, therefore, not entitled to rights.
… Some abortion-rights advocates define personhood by location — as in, outside the womb — or by such qualities as rationality and autonomy….
If being human is not enough to entitle one to human rights, then the very concept of human rights loses meaning. And all of us — born and unborn, strong and weak, young and old — someday will find ourselves on the wrong end of that cruel measuring stick.
~Colleen Carroll Campbell, STLToday, August 26