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China’s one-child policy has faced criticism from around the world. In addition to more obvious concerns about civil liberties, the policy has reportedly had the unintended effect of many families aborting female babies until a male child is conceived. That trend has resulted in 118 boys being born for every 100 girls, which has contributed to males outnumbering females in China by an estimated 30 to 40 million.
They argued: “The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.”
Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’.
A motion by Senators Thomas Norment (R-James City County) and Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax County) to send the legislation back to committee passed by a measure of 24 to 14, meaning the bill can no longer be voted on this year.
Modeled after a Missouri law, the personhood bill would have conferred certain legal protections on fetuses, making the vast majority of abortions illegal after conception.
Despite amendments to protect contraception and in-vitro fertilization, Sen. Norment said he recognized that “there are more legal complexities to this issue than I was aware of.”