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Those who thought that an argument was needed to explain why they would save a human rather than a dog or a fly would themselves be guilty of prejudice” (1987: 10). The fact that this statement represents a consensus among an otherwise sharply divided panel suggests that its sentiment may be widespread. And the content of the statement suggests yet another way in which the fact that a human zygote is a member of the same species as you and I might be used to support the conception criterion. Here the idea is that you should respect the zygote not simply because it is a member of a species whose mature members have certain legitimate claims against you, but because it is a member of your species.

Although the term sanctity of human life is often associated with the popular movement opposed to abortion, it is often invoked in defense of other positions that critics and defenders of abortion alike typically share. And perhaps this is all of the foundation that the proponent of the conception criterion needs. If every human life is sacred, after all, and if each of us is an instance of human life from the moment of our conception, then there is an important kind of value that we all have from that moment on.

THE SPECIES ESSENCE ARGUMENT A second argument for the claim that being a human being is sufficient for having a right to life is suggested by Schwarz, who maintains that it is an error “to dismiss the category of human being as not (in itself) morally significant” (1990: 100). Schwarz presents this argument in terms of the language of personhood. He defines a person as “a being who has the basic inherent capacity to function as a person, regardless of how developed this capacity is, or whether or not it is blocked, as in severe senility” (1990: 101).

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