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Why is it that ‘baby murder’ is considered the vilest of crimes, even by those of us who dismiss abortion as a victimless crime, because fetuses lack sentience? If you hold to the opinion that fetuses lack sentience, then how exactly do you reason that newborn infants are in fact suddenly sentient? If you contend that fetuses at some stage in development become sentient, then you must be willing to also call late-term abortions murder. Otherwise there’s few reasonable grounds to choose the arbitrary status of ‘born’ as a marker of the beginning of personhood and therefore the right to life. 

Further, some support the right to abort severely mentally or physically handicapped late-term fetuses. Why then do they not extend that right to include the right to kill severely mentally or physically handicapped newborns?