5 months ago
Last edited at 10:21PM on 10/30/2013
I disagree with your premises, and consequently the conclusion is unwarranted too. The definition of death as the cessation of heartbeat is obsolete and is no longer in use medically or legally. Indeed, with the invention of prompt defibrillation any definition of death in terms of heartbeat became irrelevant. The modern way to define death is the cessation of electrical activity either in the whole brain or in the neo-cortex. Each possibility has of course its own problems. The one thing we learned is that with the advance in medical science we sometime needs to revisit our definition of death. As for the implied consequences on abortion, let me say this: legally in the US death is defined by the signature of a licensed medical doctor on a death certificate. That's the only definition that is legally binding and once such a document is signed that all personhood rights and liabilities are removed. If that is the case with death, it should imply that the issuance of a birth certificate is the beginning of life.
If you are starting to segway into abortion then yes I agree that life does begin when the heart starts beating. But I do believe the girl who got pregnant may not be financialy stable to take care of the baby or have the time to take care of it. Yes you can say there is then putting the baby up for adoption but what if the mother doesnt want to go throught the pain of having a kid. And what if the girl was raped and if she has to keep the baby then she is having to drag around the fear and reminder of her rape thats not really fair.
The definition of death isn't just when the heart stops beating, but generally involves cessation of brain activity as well. But your point appears to be one designed to discuss abortion, and the definition of when life begins. The Supreme Court has historically used the Blackmun Decision as guidance, and it made a trimester distinction for when the state could interfere with the rights of the woman: no limits in the first trimester, procedural limits in the second, and health/safety restrictions in the third trimester.
Actually, death is the cessation of brain activity and not heart activity. If you go by brain activity you get into a problem that there is no way to measure in the fetus when the brain is "turned on". Thus, some use conception as a definition. But this is also not valid because at some stages, a doctor can remove the cells and it will not affect the outcome of the embryo. This idea that conception is the "beginning" is not medically supported. Many conceptions are naturally aborted anyway.
5 months ago
Last edited at 5:03PM on 10/31/2013
No i disagree. I dont believe life starts with a heartbeat. A heart cannot form life without other vital organs, brain, lungs, liver, pancreas, kidneys, a body. A human embryo has the potiential to become many things a heart in of itself, body tissue, hence stem cell research into curing diabetes and heart disease. neither do i agree when the heart stops, if that was true then we wouldnt continue living when hooked up to a machine making heart transplant or operations on the heart possible. Although heart disease has a high death rate it is not the only killer, neither is it all attributed to genetics, mostly stress and lifestyle choice. For me life would end if i was to lose my mind. Dementure. For i could not see the purpose of living when i know longer know who i am nor who anyone else is, nor would i want to place that burden on another. You can survive if your heart stops but if your brain dies you are screwed.