Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.I've always made the case that the unborn aren't people until they're born. We have this bothersome thing called "birthdays" to remind us of this common sense idea.
A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide.
For religious zealots, I've pointed out a passage in Genesis, in God's own words (as translated by man):
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."Well, looks like the Catholic Church is coming around to my way of thinking in the CNN story below.
Colorado courts agreed with the Catholic organization's defense that the embryos weren't peopleNote: The following very tragic story does not explain what the Catholic hospital did wrong to subject themselves to a lawsuit over the death of a mother and her two unborn fetus'. Big omission. The "sanctity of life" doesn't give the rights of full personhood, apparently, which I agree with.
Life may begin at conception, but it hasn't developed into a living, "breathing" being. Viability in the last month of pregnancy should not be discounted either, and no one is suggesting that. But on a more conceptual level, do we have an existence without a thought history, a feeling of ever being?