Natural Kinds, Persons, and Abortion
Garcia, Laura L.
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 2008 Summer; 8(2): 265-273
The author focuses on the claim that some human beings are not human persons, and that only human persons deserve the kind of moral regard we expect for ourselves. Drawing from the insights of philosophers Michael Loux and Saul Kripke, she argues that attempts to divide human beings into persons and nonpersons have no philosophical or scientific basis, hence no objective ontological force. Rather, there are strong reasons to believe that, necessarily, every human being is a human person.