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Are Human Rights Merely a Matter of Perception? | Opinion

When does life begin? It’s one of those questions which, as Keats put it, “tease us out of thought, as doth eternity.” From the bar to the pulpit, the metaphysics are difficult, the argument is interminable, and the stakes are high. That’s because “when does life begin?” is a charged question: its unstated premise is that “life” warrants protection.

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