Questions about the worth of a fetus are inherently tied up with the abortion debate, so let’s get the terminology straight.
A fertilized egg is not a fetus, it’s a zygote. When the zygote starts dividing, it becomes, not a fetus, but an embryo. The embryo becomes a fetus after nine weeks (which is usually called the 11th week of gestation).
The overwhelming majority (78.9%) of abortions are performed before the 11th week.
Since one of the choices references stem cells, I’ll also point out that a fetus is worth nothing in stem cells. It’s embryonic stem cells that are valuable, but they’re harvested from blastocysts — an extremely early stage of embryonic development (it’s only about a week after fertilization).
We’re surrounded by anti-abortion rhetoric that grotesquely misrepresents the facts. This question isn’t helping.
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