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A human fetus ought to be treated as a human

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With 4 votes and 4 points ahead, the winner is ...

Benjamin
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Human: a member of the species Homo Sapiens

BoP is shared.

Round 1
Pro
Thank you, CON, for accepting this debate.


RESOLUTION: A human fetus ought to be treated as a human
BOP: Shared


My argument will be incredibly simple and short.

P1: A human ought to be treated as a human
P2: A human fetus is a human
C: A human fetus ought to be treated as a human

The first premise is a truism. The second will be backed up by evidence.

Remember that  HUMAN = member of the species Homo Sapiens. The question then becomes, "what is a human fetus"? If a human fetus is a human then the resolution is true, and if a human fetus is something else than a human then the resolution is false. Thus, it falls upon PRO to prove that a human fetus is a human; and it falls upon CON to prove that a human fetus is not a human. The side that can prove their views correct with regards to the identity of a human fetus is also the victor of this debate.




A HUMAN FETUS IS A MEMBER OF THE SPECIES HOMO SAPIENS
I agree that human sperm and oocyte are not members of the species homo sapiens. They neither have a full set of human DNA, the ability to replicate or the ability to grow and live a human life. DNA, in particular, is very important, as it contains the very definition of Homo Sapiens. Chimpanzees, as you probably know, have a DNA only slightly different to that of humans, yet they look, act and most importantly think very differently. Unless you have 100% human DNA you can't be categorized as a human, and that is the reason why human sperm and oocyte are not members of the species homo sapiens but are rather just an intermediate step between generations. Yet fertilization changes everything.

Upon fertilization, parts of human beings have actually been transformed into something very different from what they were before; they have been changed into a single, whole human being. During the process of fertilization, the sperm and the oocyte cease to exist as such, and a new human being is produced. [princeton.edu]
Thus, after fertilization, you get a cell with 100% human DNA that is also 100% unique and unlike the DNA of any other living organism.  Classifying this as anything but a human is a categorical error, as a fetus will quickly grow and without being fundamentally changed will become an organism clearly identifiable as a human. One also cannot identify a fetus as an intermediate step between generations. It grows, which intermediate steps don't do. It also has 100% human DNA that is never going to change or combine with other pieces of DNA -- thus a fetus is clearly a member of the new generation of humans rather than an intermediate step or some kind of animal.


Fetus is a human -- logical evidence
The fetus grows into a baby, and the baby grows into a human
The above sentence is absurd -- it implies that a baby is not a human, that the baby must grow before it can be called a human. This is clearly not the case. A baby is already a human, it is just a small human being. Similarly, a fetus is a human, just a very very young human. One does not change species merely through growing. CON must overcome this claim and assert that one does change species through growing --- or else he can't justifiably deny that a human fetus is a human.





SUMMARY:
  • A human ought to be treated as a human -- this is a truism
  • A human fetus is a human because it doesn't fall into any other relevant category
  • A human fetus is a human because it has 100% human DNA and isn't an intermediate step between generations -- it IS the new generation
My logical syllogism presented in the beginning:

P1: A human ought to be treated as a human
P2: A human fetus is a human
C: A human fetus ought to be treated as a human

One premise is a truism, the other is a fact CON has yet to dispute. 


CONCLUSION
A human fetus ought to be treated as a human. The resolution is proven correct beyond a reasonable doubt.

VOTE PRO!

Con
Forfeited
Round 2
Pro
O wow, what is this?


It is a first round forfeiture. My opponent thus leaves my argument unrebutted. I extend all arguments.
Con
Forfeited
Round 3
Pro
Victory
Con
Forfeited