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elprincipe said:
If we prevent the fertilized egg from being implanted, we are just preventing the process from getting to the point where personhood is obtained - like any other form of contraception, only at a different point in the process.
I think it's a bit misleading to refer to killing an embryo prior to implantation as "contraception". The etymology is clearly "contra-" (against) and "conception", the act of concieving. Drug-induced miscarriages done prior to implantation are referred to as "medical abortions".  What you describe would be contragestion.

However, I will say that there are apparently many who define "conception" as the very act of implantation under discussion.  (From what I can tell -- and I may have a mistaken impression, as this paragraph is the result of 20 minutes of internet research -- this was a bit of social engineering meant to make it easier for people to end something that isn't yet 'really' a prengancy.)  But that is not what I thought we both understood conception to mean, which is the successful creation of a zygote.  Am I wrong? 

On the plus side, I do see that we agree that the question hinges on when personhood is obtained.


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