Fetal personhood

Many see the question of fetal personhood as crucial to resolving the debate about whether abortion is a morally permissible procedure to which women should have legal recourse. In attempting to resolve this debate, how important is it to determine whether a fetus is an innocent person with a prima facie right to be protected from being killed? If this determination is important, then why, i.e., on the basis of what justificatory reasons? If it is not important, then why not?

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