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					The value of fetal life is contingent upon the woman’s free consent and subjective
acceptance. The fetus must be invested with maternal valuing in order to become human.
This process of “humanization” through personal consciousness and “sociality” can only
be bestowed by the woman in whose body and psychosocial system a new life must
mature. The meaning and value of fetal life are constructed by the woman; without this
personal conferral there only exists a biological, physiological process. Thus fetal

interests or fetal rights can never outweigh the woman’s prior interest and rights. If a
woman does not consent to invest her pregnancy with meaning or value, then the merely
biological process can be freely terminated. Prior to her own free choice and conscious
investment, a woman cannot be described as “mother’ nor can “child” be said to exist.

Let us begin our diagram just with what the inference indicator tells us.




1. The meaning and value of fetal life are constructed by the woman; without this
personal conferral there only exists a biological, physiological process.


2. Fetal interests or fetal rights can never outweigh the woman’s prior interest and rights.


How should we treat the first three sentences? One way would be to make each of them
premises for the conclusion in box 2. If you did this, you’d have four independent
premises. That is possible, but messy. Your diagram will be neater and more accurate if
you notice that the first three sentences are each restatements of box 1 rather than
additional premises. So you should connect them all together in box 1 using the “in other
words” technique, as follows:

1. The value of fetal life is contingent upon the woman’s free consent and subjective
acceptance; [in other words,] the fetus must be invested with maternal valuing in order to
become human; [in other words,] this process of “humanization” through personal
consciousness and “sociality” can only be bestowed by the woman in whose body and
psychosocial system a new life must mature; [in other words,] the meaning and value of
fetal life are constructed by the woman; without this personal conferral there only exists a
biological, physiological process.




2. Fetal interests or fetal rights can never outweigh the woman’s prior interest and rights.

				
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