Definition of Personhood

      • One who has a history of performing personal acts
        • eliminates one who was in a coma from birth, but wakes up
      • One with a future capacity for performing personal acts
        • makes those who are dying as non-persons
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If one defines personhood on the basis of those who have a history of performing personal acts, those who have been in a coma from birth would be classified as non-persons and could be killed at any point after birth. If one defines personhood on the basis of those who have a future capacity to perform personal acts, those who are dying would be classified as non-persons and could be killed at any point.

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