Defining A Human Being

Perhaps the most straightforward relation between you or me on the one hand and every human fetus from conception onward on the other is this: All are living members of the same species, homo sapiens. A human fetus, after all, is simply a human being at a very early stage in his or her development.

— David Boonin, A Defense of Abortion (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 20

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