Is a fetus a "human"?
It's not the same. Basically, the fetal stage is of obligate parasitism.
The umbilical cord represents the parasitic bond which ties a fetus to its host, the woman. Once that's cut, his body is "inaugurated" and switches to actual eating, which is what the rest of us do.
Is an embryo a person?
If embryos could be grown in incubators from the start, this discussion would be a lot simpler. But thing is that the fetus is inside a woman, physically, and that territory is simply off limits to legislation; it is the right to self ownership, the thing which separates you and me from slaves. If that right is broken, in the case of defense of fetuses, you're essentially transforming women into slaves specialized in incubating unwanted humans.
Imagine if sperm were considered people, as they were considered for ages, even without the microscope.
Men would carry the miniature humans in their testicles and women were the fertile grounds to plant the seeds in (we're talking about agricultural civilizations). That's why women were seen as inferior for so much time and why they were treated like property (like land). Well, at least one of the big reasons.
This homunculus was considered a tiny human, just like you see the embryo now. Which is why wasting sperm was seen as a crime... since you were wasting humans, you were doing genocide simply by masturbation. Anal sex and gay sex was also seen as a crime because of this, as was oral sex. All waste of "seed" was murder.
This belief ran so deep that the word itself, "sperm", the one we use today, is technically wrong. Sperm carry just 50% of the genetic material of a person; the other half is in the woman's egg, but the word "sperm" means "seed", which it certainly is not. Sperm is the equivalent of pollen in plants, not the equivalent of seeds.
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