The article discusses the rights of the human fetus involving a prejudice on a preference for one's own kind. It explains the important features, different theological justifications, and arguments for and against speciesism or birthism, which is like sexism and racism. It also cites the views of philosopher Immanuel Kant on human superiority over animals and the rights of handicapped newborns that does not justify giving similar rights to great apes.
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Christopher Kaczor, “Philosophy and Theology” Notes on Speciesism, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10.4 (Winter 2010): 799-805.