nothingmuch (nothingmuch) wrote in abortiondebate,

unique DNA = a separate human being?

Lydia Fairchild is a chimera -- most of her body has one set of DNA, but her reproductive organs and other parts have a completely different set of DNA. Scientists believe this happens when two eggs are fertilized, and then those two embryos fuse, creating one embryo and eventually one baby with two sets of DNA.

Is this woman one human being or two? Are her reproductive organs a separate human being who deserves equal rights? Should she ever want a hysterectomy, should she be allowed to have it; or would that be murder? Should it be illegal for her to have an abortion because her uterus has its own unique DNA?
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