Is a newborn baby a person?

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  1. CM Sullivan profile image75
    CM Sullivanposted 6 years ago

    Is a newborn baby a person?

    Does a baby have the 5 traits that define personhood, therefore making it a "real" person? 1.Conciousness. (of objects and events external/internal to the being) 2.Reasoning. (developed capacity to solve new and relatively complex problems) 3.Self-motivated activity.(activity which is relatively independent of genetic/direct external control). 4.The capacity to communicate.(on indefinitely many possible topics). 5.Self-awareness, self-concepts.

  2. Farasucan profile image76
    Farasucanposted 6 years ago

    Come on man, you must be kidding.  Of course, a person is a human being and a baby is an undeveloped person, even at conception.  A human being goes through phases that begin in its mother's womb.  So even in the womb a baby is a person.  I believe anyone who aborts an infant who is in its mother's womb is guilty of murder because that infant is a person.

  3. Sparklea profile image72
    Sparkleaposted 6 years ago

    I agree with Farasucan:  A newborn baby is a person...everything you mention the baby has to develop over time.  I also agree with Farasucan that, even in the womb, a baby is a person.  Everything that is born has to grow and develop over time...Like I said in another hub, which you commented on, I am amazed at nature and the process of how things develop...Extremely fascinating to me.  I think the gift of life is just that...a gift.

    Blessings, Sparklea smile

    1. CM Sullivan profile image75
      CM Sullivanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I was trying to get some reactions to a recent ruling by medical ethicists. Too much for a question so I made it a hub. Thanks for your answers! This question is now closed.

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