Professor Vance on Abortion

His take is here.  The only quibble I have with his otherwise excellent article is the characterisation of a fetus as a “parasite”.  I realize he is probably using the pro-infanticide proponent’s characterisation to make a point, but it seems to me that a parasite practices invasive techniques to feed off its host.  A fetus is housed in a structure specifically purposed to protect and provide sustenance for him until he has developed enough to leave.  To belabor the point, a person’s intestine’s sole purpose is not to house and feed a tapeworm, though a tapeworm can certainly live there.  A woman’s womb, though, has the sole purpose of creating and sustaining a fetus.


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