A political movement in the United States seeks to define the beginning of human personhood as starting from the moment of fertilization with the result being that abortion, as well as forms of birth control that act to deprive the human embryo of necessary sustenance in implantation, could become illegal.[25][26] Supporters of the movement also state that it would have some effect on the practice of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but would not lead to the practice being outlawed.[27] Jonathan F. Will says that the personhood framework could produce significant restrictions on IVF to the extent that reproductive clinics find it impossible to provide the services.[28] Currently, the personhood movement is led by the Personhood Alliance, a coalition of state and national personhood organizations headquartered in Washington DC.[29] The Personhood Alliance was founded in 2014 and currently has 22 affiliated organizations.[30] A significant number of the state affiliates of the Personhood Alliance ...
Personhood USA apparently sees itself as the new, hipper, more effective incarnation of the anti-abortion movement. Personhood USA hopes that by establishing the "pre-born, as legal persons with protection under the law" it will end the "injustice of abortion." Its attempt to do this last November through a "personhood" ballot measure in Colorados failed miserably. Nevertheless, Personhood USA, is committed to "working tirelessly to establish personhood in every State." What supporters of this approach dont mention is that if the unborn have legal personhood rights, pregnant women wont. There is really no way around this. As National Advocates for Pregnant Womens video demonstrates, if successful, this strategy will mean that upon become pregnant, women will lose their civil and human rights. As Angela Carder learned it is not just life vs. choice - but life vs. life. Angela Carder, 25 weeks pregnant, was critically ill. More than anything, she wanted to live. A court, however, ordered ...
Some of our supporters have asked whether the Brady Amendment is a personhood amendment. The answer is yes! A personhood measure is any proposal that constitutionally seeks to recognize (without exceptions) that unborn babies are persons deserving of our love and protection by law.. In the infamous 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that:. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the case for abortion, of course, collapses, for the fetus right to life would then be guaranteed.. One need look no further than the section of the Colorado law that deals with homicide to see how central the concept of personhood is: the homicide section is appropriately titled "Offenses Against the Person." The Brady Amendment recognizes that all human beings, not just those who are born, are persons and amends the criminal code to that effect!. The language from the Brady Amendment that makes it a Personhood measure is the following:. Section 2. In the interest of the protection of ...
This paper evaluates how emergent age-based factors may impact upon the experience of dementia. A review of selected literature is undertaken to explore how personhood has been conceptualised in relation to dementia. It is then highlighted that very little literature explicitly addresses personhood with reference to young onset dementia. Young onset dementia is defined, and evaluation is then undertaken of the distinctive age-based factors that might shape the experience of the condition. It is noted that whilst there are separate literatures on both personhood and young onset dementia, there appears to be little endeavour to draw these two strands of thought together. The distinctive factors that shape young onset dementia suggest that a more heterogeneous perspective should be developed that accounts more appropriately for how personal characteristics shape the lived experience of dementia. The paper concludes that further research should be undertaken that has an explicit focus on personhood ...
Spirituality is not an optional extra in a healthcare system that generally describes itself as holistic. Along with the physical, the patients need for psychological, spiritual, and emotional care form a quadrilateral generally accepted by healthcare professionals. This amalgam of needs is felt and addressed by persons in their unique life narrative; personhood is thus the pivotal point for discussing spirituality. Personhood in this discussion is distinguished from other person-like terms, such as personality, personal identity, personalism, and individual. It will be argued, first, that personhood can be reduced to thinghood, particularly when a person is reduced to component parts, rather than treated as an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit. Questions are also raised about patients as persons, and whether or not a human being can be a non-person. In the second section, the focus is on Annie and her ontological plea. In a culture of autonomous individual rights where rationality is
The view that a "personhood" law or a "personhood" amendment to a state constitution would outlaw abortion is widespread among the public. Furthermore, pro-abortion proponents, and even a trial court judge, claim that legally defining the word "person" to include every human being from the moment of conception would also outlaw or restrict embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization, birth control, and treatment necessary to save a pregnant womans life. However, the legal recognition of personhood for a zygote, embryo, or fetus would not outlaw abortion, or anything else, just like legal recognition for an adult does not outlaw the death penalty.. The Constitution does not provide an unconditional right to life to any person. Moreover, the Constitution does not even mention a right to life. Consequently, it is important to examine the ways in which life is protected by the Constitution.. To begin, the Constitution contains two provisions that provide absolute protections of life. ...
Not only that, but the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, stated in his endorsement: "Other states should draw inspiration from the commitment and perseverance of those behind the California Human Rights Amendment. This is not about party affiliation or ideology. This is about recognizing the sanctity of human life and citizens obligation to enact laws to protect it.". Likewise, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, applauded the California initiative: "Lets start healing this national shame by affirming the personhood of every human being - in law - and start living as if we meant it.". "Even as Dred Scott was considered less than fully human, such is the case for the preborn babies in the womb," said Dr. Alveda King in her endorsement of the CHRA.. Dr. Clenard Childress of BlackGenocide.org pointed out that human personhood is the crux of the nations struggle against racism. "Our prayer is that personhood would be restored to its proper place in ...
Is, however, such a divide-and-conquer approach really tenable? Specific arguments may fail, but what about the penumbra? Some abortion rights advocates offer the gradualist view, in which personhood develops with time and thus the wrongness of ending that persons life increases with his age. This may be workable in some ways, but it does not fit with the on-off nature of killing and therefore cannot successfully avoid the question of when personhood begins. Kaczor argues that life begins at conception and that human embryos are persons whom it is wrong to kill.. Kaczor considers a number of other related questions, including functional vs. ontological definitions of personhood (resolved in favor of the latter) and the hard cases for both sides: rape, incest, sex selection. Throughout, he is unafraid to point out that every previous effort made to distinguish between human beings who may be killed and persons who may not has resulted in gross injustice. Is there any reason to believe that such ...
Theyre back. Like a bad dream. After a solid rejection by 73 percent of Colorado voters in 2008, an anti-choice group, Personhood USA, has returned with another slightly different proposed constitutional amendment to confer legal "personhood" on zygotes.. If passed, Amendment 62 would apply the term "person" to "every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.". "Deceptive, dangerous and misleading," is what Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains spokesperson Monica McCafferty calls it. "Its an extreme measure that is more than a sneaky attempt to ban abortion." The ACLU and other pro-choice groups contend that the amendment would not only prohibit abortions but could be used to block stem-cell research and curtail access to in-vitro fertilization and even common forms of contraception.. This is clearly its intention. "Our decision to use the words the beginning of biological development of a human being as opposed to the moment of fertilization ...
Abstract: Quality of life and definitions of death are both often based on the concept of personhood - a status given by one human being to another as a result of their relationship and successful interaction. Unfortunately, this important attribute is frequently not given to individuals who do not have the ability to communicate or to interact with others. My research is concerned with enhancing the quality of life of non-communicative persons and their caregivers by using novel technologies to reveal and elicit signs of their personhood. Through my research, I have developed technologies based on signals from the autonomic nervous systems of children with severe and profound disabilities that can be used to reveal responses to external stimuli, and as the source of physiologically-generated music (e.g. biomusic). I have also developed technologies based on electroencephalographic (EEG) signals recorded directly from the brain that may be used to assess levels of consciousness and cognitive ability in
Well-known advocates include primatologist Jane Goodall, who was appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations to fight the bushmeat trade and end ape extinction; Richard Dawkins, former Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University; Peter Singer, professor of philosophy at Princeton University; and attorney and former Harvard professor Steven Wise, founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), whose aim is to work through U.S. common law on a state-by-state basis to achieve recognition of legal personhood for great apes and other self-aware, autonomous nonhuman animals; all advocate for great ape personhood.[2][16] In December 2013, the NhRP filed three lawsuits on behalf of four chimpanzees being held in captivity in New York State, arguing that they should be recognized as legal persons with the fundamental right to bodily liberty (i.e. not to be held in captivity) and that they are entitled to common law writs of habeas corpus and should be ...
The topic of personhood and abortion is a very controversial one. I agree with Marquis and Thomsons theory on how personhood does not settle the ethical
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For a long time, this news site prominently featured the missives of the South Carolina personhood movement on our pages. And we probably will again as this years personhood bill - S. 217 - makes its way through the S.C. General Assembly.. This proposed legislation cleared the S.C. Senate judiciary committee earlier this week - albeit quite contentiously. A lengthy hearing on the bill exposed the extent to which state lawmakers are deeply divided on the issue - at times embarrassingly so.. The measure is now headed to the full Senate, where advocates on both sides of the debate are up in arms - threatening to shut down the chamber over its procedural future.. Tensions are running high … and it seems unlikely cooler heads will prevail.. We have no doubt most supporters of this proposed legislation are profoundly well-intentioned. And with a few minor modifications, we believe their bill would be an important and long-overdue assertion of the primacy of the right to life in this state (and this ...
Edited by Dr. Miguel Ángel Royo-Bordonada. This thematic series on public health ethics follows a previous Public Health Reviews issue on the topic of public health ethics training in the European region, to emphasize the neglect and the importance of the topic for public health education in Europe. The current issue evolved from a Working Group of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) which was mandated to develop public health ethics curriculum materials for European schools of public health, as well as for practitioners and policy makers. Training of public health professionals in this field is essential to ensure confidence, credibility and public trust, when addressing the wide range of ethical conflicts that arise frequently in public health policy and practice.. Publication charges for this collection were funded by ASPHER. Articles have undergone the journals standard peer-review process overseen by the Guest Editor, who declares no competing ...
What kind of animals are human beings? And how do our visions of the human shape our theories of social action and institutions? This book offers answers to these and other fundamental questions in sociological, cultural, and religious theories. The research for this book is based on the assumption (unfashionable in certain circles) that human beings have an identifiable and peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly from other animals on this planet. It argues that all people are at bottom believers, whose lives, actions, and institutions are constituted, motivated, and governed by narrative traditions and moral orders on which they inescapably depend. Despite the vast differences in humanity between cultures and across history, no matter how differently people narrate their lives and histories, there remains an underlying structure of human personhood that helps to order human culture, history, and narration. Drawing on recent insights in moral philosophy,
Re: "Polis double standard," Feb. 13 Vincent Carroll column.. Vincent Carroll, without a hint of irony, attacks the impact of individuals donations on the political process while ignoring the real issue of corporate personhood. Corporations are not human beings and therefore holding them to a different standard and assigning them different rights than individuals is not only entirely defensible, but also critical to preserve the integrity of our constitutional democracy.. Corporations may employ and be owned by human beings, but they are not alive. Their mothers cant die of cancer, their sons cant be sent off to war, and they have no conscience. Corporations are political zombies, knowing only the pursuit of the flesh of profit. Indeed, the only issues that corporations can safely advocate for considering the fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders are issues that directly impact their profits. There is negative civic value in such advocacy, especially without the reasonable ...
The theme of this years forum is Making Latino/Hispanic Health Count: Advancing a Public Health Ethics Framework on Data Collection for Social Justice. The forum, co-hosted by Tuskegee University, CDC, and Morehouse School of Medicine, will be an opportunity to explore data-related challenges and accomplishments needed to improve the health of Latinos/Hispanics.. Latinos/Hispanics are the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the U.S. Last years CDC Vital Signs Report on Hispanic health used national census and health surveillance data to determine differences between Hispanics and whites, and among Hispanic subgroups. The 2016 Public Health Ethics Forum will continue the conversation on gathering data to address health disparities and related challenges for Latinos/ Hispanics.. The keynote Speaker, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., is the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIMHD is the lead ...
And thats the point. The culture of death would argue that the term should refer to only those who are born. Yet, the fact is that common sense would take issue with this kind of discriminatory segregation, for it sets aside an entire class of humans and alleges that they are less than equal to the rest of us.. And now people are trying to assign personhood to elephants? Take note please that the cadre of those attempting to achieve personhood for animals and other entities is growing. In fact, in a relevant article on this little known fact, Professor Dianne Irving warned, There is nothing more that these proponents of non-human "personhood" and of human "non-personhood" would like better than to have pro-life "personhood" bills and other legal documents define "person" in ways that would at least "include" non-human animals. Example: if "person" is defined as "including all human beings"- where human persons are included but the legal door is left open for non-human persons to be "included" ...
Being fully pro-life means seeing the value of every human being, even in the midst of disability and suffering. A mom shares her familys story of personhood.
How does your view avoid saying that a human person is merely one part of a human animal? If a person is completely comprised of a collection of memories, skills, &c., then something like this would seem to be the case: it seems to create a sort of materialist dualism in which the person is a subject of activity directing another subject of activity (the non-personal body). Its precisely for this reason that I called the cruder view I originally set out a humunculus theory of personhood. On my view, this doesnt arise because the human person is simply the same thing as the human organism or animal - called a person for different reasons than they are called an organism or animal, but if the concepts are qualified by human they have the same extension. On a view such as the one you give it looks to me like the extensions of human person and human organism (or human animal, as I tend to put it) will always differ; human person will never refer to an animal organism: Human persons ...
All about Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood by Christina Bieber Lake. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers
Congressman Cory Gardner, who has been hammered for his position on social issues ever since he jumped into the U.S. Senate race, dropped a political bombshell Friday with his revelation that he was wrong to have supported previous personhood efforts.
In 2010, in South Africa, an academic publication called for the common law born-alive rule to be substituted by a definition of personhood that includes an unb
From the movies Terminator to Blade Runner, images of cyborgs have captivated many audiences. Yet now, what once was seen as science fiction is apart of everyday scientific explorations. The
Personhood is the pro-life battle-ground of the 21st century. Throughout the history of the Church the doctrinal teaching of the
Washington, D.C. (5 November 2008) -. The following is a statement from Judie Brown, president of American Life League."In a night overshadowed by pro-abortion victories, one bright light shone for the pro-life movement, and it came from Colorado.The vote on Amendment 48, the "personhood initiative," marked the first round of the civil rights movements final battle. Colorado voters were asked to define all human beings, from the moment of fertilization, as "persons.". Amendment 48 made history as the first ballot initiative of its kind. It attempted to answer the question, when is a human being a person deserving of human rights?The personhood movement defied the odds to blossom in hostile territory - traditionally liberal Colorado. A small group of inspired and passionate people, led by 21-year-old law student Kristi Burton, dedicated themselves to the glorious principles our nation was founded upon and spearheaded a movement that mobilized half a million people.. The word "personhood" made ...
Should Ryan and Akins personhood agenda take effect, however, it would drastically reduce womens reproductive choice. The bill declares that a human egg obtains "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood" the moment it merges with a human sperm. Thus, a Blastocyst-American would not only enjoy the same constitutional status as a fully grown adult, it would also enjoy any "legal" attributes enjoyed by adults. Because every states law makes it a crime to kill a human adult, the likely effect of Ryan and Akins personhood bill would be to treat killing a fertilized egg as the same thing as homicide ...
This chapter examines three primary public health goals relating to elderly populations: promoting healthy aging (including aging in place), reducing health inequities, and extending life spans. It then considers the ways in which programs or policies to advance population-wide goals are challenged to meet ethical responsibilities to protect older adults from harm, respect their autonomy and dignity, and treat them fairly or justly when resources are limited. Lastly, by looking at a difficult situation commonly faced in hospitals-the discharge of an elderly patient who may not be able to safely return home-the chapter introduces questions about the relationship between public health ethics, clinical ethics, and social justice, and about the future role of public health as a field of inquiry and action.
When caring for people with severe Alzheimers disease (AD), the concept of the person being central is increasingly advocated in clinical practice and academia as an approach to deliver high-quality care. The aim of person-centred care, which emanates from phenomological perspectives on AD, is to acknowledge the personhood of people with AD in all aspects of their care. It generally includes the recognition that the personality of the person with AD is increasingly concealed rather than lost; personalisation of the persons care and their environment; offering shared decision-making; interpretation of behaviour from the viewpoint of the person; and prioritising the relationship as much as the care tasks. However, questions remain about how to provide, measure, and explore clinical outcomes of person-centred care. In this Review, we summarise the current knowledge about person-centred care for people with severe AD and highlight the areas in need of further research.. ...
First, this is not a dispute about when the life of an individual human being starts. Thats settled scientifically.. The widely used medical textbook The Developing Human, Clinically Oriented Embryology states at page 2 that "A zygote is the beginning of a new human being…." At page 18 this theme is repeated: "Human development begins at fertilization…." (6th Edition, Moore, Persaud, Saunders, 1998).. Nor is this a dispute about the state imposing a religious or philosophical view. After all, your life and mine are not protected because of some religious or philosophical belief that others are required to have about us. More accurately, the law protects us precisely in spite of the beliefs of others who, in their own worldview, may not value our lives.. Nor is this about condemning those who have abortions. My ministry, and that of many other pro-life groups, actively reach out with compassion to bring alternatives to abortion and to bring forgiveness and healing to those who have had ...
January 22, 2014 marks Forty One years of legal child killing in America. Forty years is a Biblical generation. We have killed preborn children in America for more than a generation. It is time to end abortion and protect all innocent human life. It is time for the church to rise up and end abortion. … Continue reading ». ...
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Those who continue to fight legislation restricting abortion are in reality not "pro-choice." Rather, they are singularly "pro-murder." While rhetoric has served to camouflage the carnage of abortion, it remains the painful killing of an innocent human being. First, abortion is painful in that the methods employed to kill a preborn child involve burning, smothering, […]. ...
Moreover, a human isnt unique once they become a person (and this touches on your irreplaceability of chickens as compared to infants). The world, I think, could be said to be objectively worse off from not having an infant because its not just an infant, its a unique human infant. Infants will behave differently from one another and arent just automatons until personhood. So, I really think that what we mean by person is really just the humans self-definition. The person is nothing more than all those electrical signals and all the physical things that occur within the human (but notice so is an embryo). A person comes to be when the human can make the kinds of decisions that reflects them knowing they are human (knowing in a rational sense, in a self-aware sense). Personhood then, correct me if this sounds wrong, is just self-awared experience by the human. I think that by defining a concept (person) that is separate from human, we get to some shady ground, as how can one harm a person ...
The party platform should embrace and whenever possible seek to expand liberty, not settle for a least common denominator with bits and pieces that cater to one small group that feel strongly about something. The only reason it hasnt been tossed out IMO is that the majority of convention delegates A) dont know enough and B) dont personally care about it enough to make a richly deserved stink about it ...
Posted on 05/11/2012 7:30:11 PM PDT by Morgana. OTTAWA, May 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At the March for Life 2012 Mass celebrated in Ottawa s Notre Dame Cathedral yesterday, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast welcomed the enthusiastic and standing-room-only crowd before launching into a homily dissecting the my body, my choice slogan, arguing that it espouses a false sense of personhood. Today as a culture here in Canada we tend to prize our individuality as a false sense of autonomy over relationships, community engagement and duty. In the abortion debate, individual autonomy is often at the core of discussion, the archbishop pointed out. You ve heard the slogan my body, my choice offered as a discussion ending argument. But this is a false sense of personhood. God made us for relationships within and with one another. Our choices affect not only our lives, but also those of our family, our friends and the larger community. Our decisions have an impact beyond the limits of our own bodies, our ...
Willerslev, Rane, Soul hunters. Hunting, animism, and personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs. University of California Press: Berkeley and Los Angeles: 2007. 235pp. $24.95. This book is based on eighteen months of fieldwork among the forest-living male hunters of Yukaghir. They hunt mainly elk, reindeer, and sable, but also bear and fox. The main theme of the book is that of animism ― of ascribing personhood to non-human creatures such as the animals the Yukaghirs hunt and the spirits that inhabit their world. Rane Willerslevs main argument is that the Yukaghirs of his study live a life in which they constantly move in and out of different identities, so that they live a life in a "hall of mirrors" world. The Yukaghirs, in their in-between positions, come to form relational identities ― through a continuous flow of identities. However, this moving in-between does not erase a persons identity. On the contrary, constituting difference or distance is highly important to avoid metamorphosis ...
Last year's GOP takeover of the U.S. House and statehouses across the country has dramatically changed the shape of the nation's abortion debate.
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Okay mr anonymous, HOW CAN YOU HAVE HUMAN DNA AND NOT BE A PERSON!? Its scientific fact that if you have human dna, you have the same legal status as a completely born, aware, and rational person. The law makes no distinction between mental capacity, maturity, and humanity. If you have human dna, you are entitled to human rights. Its all there black and white clear as crystal. This is why abortion needs to be made illegal. Not only is it immoral from a christian standpoint but it violates international human rights laws. You could only be against abortion being made illegal if you support child murder and sexual promiscuity. ...
The right to life is the right of all rights. Without the right to life all other rights are meaningless. Since January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade opinion, American has been on the wrong side of life, the Constitution, and most of all America has been on the wrong side of our Creator. Each one of us are accountable for our actions and failure to act. We must pursue every lawful means to defend the defenseless and to speak for the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters in the womb. I applaud Personhood Florida for its effort to restore the legal protections of personhood to the preborn. I encourage you to be on the right side of history by working to restore a culture of life in Florida and throughout America." Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel. ...
What needs addressing, from this community, is a base level of understanding of informed consent and autonomy. In one case, it was argued that a 14-year-old with the mental capacity of an 18-month-old should be accorded an adult level of autonomy; here it seems that, because of the cuteness-squee factor, no one seems troubled or inquisitive about the autonomy and consent of a 24-month-old. And in both cases, posters did not/do not seem overly concerned about quality-of-life.. I think the difference is that in Lakshmis case, without the surgery she will surely die. With the surgery (providing its successful), she will live - who knows for how long, but shell live. In Katies case, without the surgery, she will live. With the surgery (providing its successful), she will also live, but the risks involved in removing an otherwise healthy organ which is useful in the maintenance of other bodily functions seem to be too great to make the surgery worth it. A hysterectomy wont help Katie walk, or ...
This book discusses various epistemic aspects of what it is to be a person. Persons are defined as finite beings that have beliefs, including second‐order beliefs about their own and others beliefs, and engage in agency, including the making of long‐term plans. It is argued that for any being meeting these conditions, a number of epistemic consequences obtain. First, all such beings must have certain logical concepts and be able to use them in certain ways. Secondly, there are at least two principles governing belief that it is rational for persons to satisfy and are such that nothing can be a person at all unless it satisfies them to a large extent. These principles are that one believe the conjunction of ones beliefs and that one treat ones future beliefs as, by and large, better than ones current beliefs. Thirdly, persons both occupy epistemic points of view on the world and show up within those views. This makes it impossible for them to be completely objective about their own beliefs. This
The whole thing is kind of a mindfuck, to be honest, on many counts. First of all, its very interesting to deeply explore my thoughts regarding these embryos. I am totally against personhood legislation, because of its impacts on IVF and some contraception and early terminations. I am staunchly pro-choice. But this isnt a blanket choice, this is OUR choice. And we would not enforce OUR choice on anyone else, so we feel okay with our shifting between dichotomies on this one. Bryce and I had a whole long conversation about life beginning vs personhood beginning. When does a fetus deserve rights? It is a STICKY STICKY WICKET. I do not believe that our embryos are people with the same rights as fully formed humans. However, I do not believe that they are merely a "clump of cells," either. I believe that they are POTENTIAL people. I believe that these embryos were expressly created by us (and donor helpers and a zillion medical professionals) for the purpose of becoming future people. If I believed ...
Over in Oklahama, state legislator Constance Johnson-my new hero-has introduced an amendment to the states "personhood" bill that states that "any action in which a man may ejaculate or otherwise deposit semen anywhere but in a womans vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child." Here she explains why:. The Personhood bill would potentially allow governmental intrusion into families personal lives by policing what happens to a womans eggs without any similar thought to what happens to a mans sperm.. My amendment seeks to draw attention to the absurdity, duplicity and lack of balance inherent in the policies of this state in regard to women.. Over at Religion Dispatches, scholar and well-known Catholic pro-choice advocate Frances Kissling offers some tongue-in-cheek theological commentary:. .... The creator, the bible tells us, knew each of us before we were "knit" in the womb. He knew the very sperm and egg that would unite to make us who we are. Given ...
With reference to Saussures brief discussion of Brocas neuroanatomical findings (CLG: 26-7), Roy Harris, in his book, Reading Saussure (1987), claims that there is "nothing" in Saussures analysis of oral communication which suggests he was influenced by nineteenth studies in the mechanisms of speech (Harris 1987: 204-5; see Thibault 1997: 146-7 for an alternative view).. It is not Saussures intention to build a psycholinguistic or a neuroanatomical theory of language in the individual. The conceptual framework of his theory is a social-semiological one. Nevertheless, I would suggest that Saussure was deeply aware of the most important nineteenth-century research developments in the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropsychology of language functions.. Saussures brief discussion of Broca prompts a number of observations. First, spoken and written language disorders are closely related. This claim echoes the research findings of neurologists such as Karl Wernicke (1874), L. Lichtheim ...
Legal advocates for chimpanzees are making progress in a New York case seeking to have them recognized as legal persons and freed
Thursday 23 and Friday 24 June 2016. Venues: The Cathedral Conference Centre, Canterbury (Thursday) and the University of Kent, Canterbury (Friday). As a result of ongoing global economic, social and cultural changes, new parenting norms, ideologies and practices are emerging around the world. This conference aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines who are interested in the interplay between parenting cultures, personhood, expertise and risk management. Our aim is to provide a venue for genuinely interdisciplinary dialogue for those with common research interests.. How is being a good parent differently composed and how can we study these variations? What kinds of personhood are these discourses and practices aimed at fostering? How are general ideas of living in a risk society or a risk culture relevant for different parenting cultures?. We invite paper proposals addressing at least one of the following topics:. ...
By Prof. Teneille Brown, Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Law and the Biosciences, S. J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah: The problem with th