The Right Coast

March 01, 2004
Brilliant solution to the abortion problem
By Tom Smith

I know, Gail. A perfect solution in this controversial area. Killing a fetus in an assault isn't quite as bad as killing say, a movie star or a Democrat, so let's say killing a not-really-a-person of unbornness is equivalent to killing three-fifths of a person. A little rough, perhaps, but the intuition seems sound. They're worth something, just not as much as a regular person. You could even have a sliding scale so that they reached full personhood right at the time they were able to rationally articulate, say, the moral imperative of recycling. Please don't think I'm being cynical about recycling. It's the socially responsible thing to do.