Personhood in Mississippi

So folks down in Mississippi are going to vote tomorrow on whether “the term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”

Let’s leave aside the fact that if this passes, the death toll in Mississippi is going to skyrocket on Wednesday — or whenever it takes effect. (After all, somewhere on the order 100,000 embryos fail to implant and develop into live babies each year, even aside from birth control and abortions.)

My question to these folks is how many “persons” are there in chimeras like Jane? There were two fertilized eggs that fused into a single body. So now Jane has cells with different DNA — some from one fraternal twin, some from the other.

Now on your account, both of the initial embryonic cells were “persons.” But both of these cells kept living and dividing. Neither “person” ever died. And now we have Jane, with her many cells.

How many “persons” are there?

It seems to me you have to say two. And it seems to me that’s obviously idiotic. So you know what that makes you?


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