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  •  And if that never forms correctly? (none)
    Because sometimes it doesn't, but the fetus still continues developing.

    Is an abortion OK then? What if other parts don't form correctly? What about Siamese twins, especially if they share vital organs?

    What about life-threatening birth defects? Ones where the child, even if carried full term, will never be able to live a full life, and may not even realize it HAS a life?

    Would you want to force a woman to carry such a pregnancy to term, only to have the child die after a few months because health ins refused to continue paying the hospital?

    •  I Didn't State Anything About Policy (none)
      I didn't discuss any policy in that post, just stated when life begins.

      If you want my views on policy, however, I will repost what I posted above:  Whether a termination past that point is murder, self defense, or a mercy killing depends on the circumstances.  However, because policing pregnant womens' activities is impossible in a just society, the individual decision should be made in the privacy of the doctor's office without government interference.

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