I have previously addressed why a foetus is not a child, at conception it is a lifeform yet I think we can agree that at birth it is human. That we were all once solely lifeforms makes no statement or inference about us as conscious beings, except to say that we are still biological life, but unless that's an insufficient objection to termination it's saying nothing, so I reiterate my original point.Oh I am sorry. I did not realize that you could not infer logical conclusions of your own statements. Perhaps I could post your own statements as well as my response to help you keep up.
Semantics. For the point that was being made, foetus is the more accurate description, and the whole point of this is to argue a foetus-child distinction, or conversely to refute their being equalised.Yes it is a child - so are parents obligated morally to raise and care for the child?
AGAIN! You fudge the question by supposing that foetus = child, where that is the very point up for discussion, so all you are really doing is attempting to drown us in a spurious knowledge of Greek history. In the case of the Athenians the matter was largely left up to the parents, I think you refer more to the Macedonians.
This is not a "new" question at all.
The ancient Greeks disposed of their children quite often. The Spartan culture would present the newborn before a tribunal and the city elders would decide. If the child met certain requirements it survived.
The ancient Near East nations, as part of most religions would sacrafice their children by burning in fire or hanging on the wall of the city.
This was all done for " the betterment of the society" or in the case of Athenians the career and financial status of the parents and family.
It all seemed rational and perfectly accepted behaviour.
Now we can look at this and say " how barbaric". Maybe in the future people will look back at our society and say " Do you believe they aborted their own children - how barbaric."
Awww! I've given someone a persecution complex! *tear to the eye*Ah - more honesty THANK YOU. Hey you can cause me to think very hard about important issues when you aren`t just railing at me