Wanna know when a fetus becomes a person? Dr. Cullins tells ya (emphasis added):
All kinds of people–theologians, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, legislators, and many others–hold very different views about when life begins. In fact, both the egg and the sperm are living things before they meet and join. There’s no real argument there.
The really hot question is, “When does being a person begin?” Most medical authorities and Planned Parenthood agree that it starts when a baby takes its first breath.
Some of our oldest religions have changed their views about this question many times over the centuries. Today, some people sincerely believe that being a person begins when the egg is fertilized. Some, just as sincerely, believe that it begins with birth. And lots of others believe it begins somewhere in between.
What we are all sure about is that a pregnant woman is a person. We know for sure that she has morals, feelings, human needs, and a conscience. Because of this, we know that she is the only one able to make a decision about her pregnancy options. She does it based on her own needs, ethics, and religious belief about when being a person begins. It would be wrong to force her to observe someone else’s religious belief.
But is anyone really surprised? After all, how could PPFA, Inc. not assume that a fetus is not a person until he breathes, when they advocate and their clinics perform “dilation and extraction,” aka partial birth abortion?
[PPFA, Inc. link via Dawn Eden.]