These came out of the debate triggered by Diane’s two articles on “The Third Option: Pro-Individual Choice” and “Being Human”.
An alternate definition of Person (dictionary.com):
“4. Philosophy . a self-conscious or rational being.”
Or from Webster’s online we also have:
“7. A living, self-conscious being, as distinct from an animal or a thing; a moral agent; a human being; a man, woman, or child.”
Which would indicate that self-conscious is a requirement here.
Or my 1951 American College Dictionary:
“4. Philos. a self-conscious or rational being.”
Or from my trusty 1946 Funk and Wagnalls:
“2. An individual and rational being; a being possessed of self-consciousness , recognitive memory, powers of rational inference, and with ethical and asthetic feelings, conceptions , and ideals, as distinguished not only from the inorganic, but also from the merely organic and animal existences.”
This is the problem with trying to define your way into the solution (to TPOV). I have seen it attempted in many different debates of this type and it is ultimately a losing argument as equivocation is a fallacy. You will convince no one by using a different meaning of a term that is just as valid as the one they are using. If you want to know how I base if the fetus in some particular point in development needs protecting look at the definition, “a self-conscious and rational being.”
The rest of your post is dependent on that premise that we don’t agree on and thus no reason to debate its merits. I think we’ve played this out as far as we can go.
Personhood: Definition and Time of Acquisition.
The fetus is no longer “a fetus” when the mother and/or the father perceive there is a recognizable person inside the mother’s womb. The unborn child acquires personhood at the time of conceptualization of this person by the mother or father. To say it another way, the moment of personhood is when the mother and/or father perceive distinct individuality in the baby. This realization probably comes to fruition because of the unborn baby’s physiological communication with the parents in one form or another and likely results in reciprocal physiological communication with the baby.