A while back on an abortion-related thread, one commenter broughtup the old idea that abortion rights could suggest conjoined twins might have a right to kill the twin. That line of argument may no longer be dealing in hypotheticals.
Doctors are now preparing to remove the second head from an infant born with two heads. The second head, while not attached to a body of its own, has a partially formed brain, eyes, ears, and lips, and its mouth moves when the baby breast-feeds.
I am curious as to what status abortion opponents (including Matt, Brent, Adam, and others here) would ascribe to the second head. According to the news reports, the head, which began as a separate embryo and merged at some point, has a partly developed brain, facial features, and it reacts to stimuli. Is it alive? Should it be preserved? (How?) And should any attempt to remove the head be considered an abortion?