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3/29/2005

Stupid stupid stupid

In a post entitled "Dehumanizing Terri, Part II," Michelle Malkin warns us that some "bioethicists are now arguing that Terri is not a human being."

What?? Terri not a human being? Well that's just preposterous. You tell me who is saying such things, Michelle, and I will give them the tongue-lashing of a lifetime. Bill Allen, you say?

Wesley Smith: Bill, do you think Terri is a person?

Bill Allen [a bioethicist]: No, I do not. I think having awareness is an essential criterion for personhood. Even minimal awareness would support some criterion of personhood, but I don't think complete absence of awareness does.


Wait a minute ... Michelle, you dumbfuck!! Being a "person" is not the same thing as being a "human being." So to say that Terri is not a person is not the same thing as saying she's not a human being.

The definition of "personhood" is controversial, but mere membership in the human species is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for personhood. For example, an anencephalic baby (a baby born without a brain) is not a person, while a member of an intelligent alien species could be.

Allen wasn't saying that Terri is not human. He was saying that she doesn't meet the criteria for personhood.

I guess such distinctions are lost on shit-fer-brains Michelle.

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