Below is part of her letter to the editor of the Dayton Daily News in which she claims having a heartbeat is arbitrary in deciding whether the unborn are alive. Instead, having complete neural pathways is supposedly a completely non-arbitrary criteria for whether human beings are alive.
For more than 30 years, brain death, not heartbeat, has been used to denote life in medicine. Thorough neurological testing for basic reflexes and reaction to stimuli is used to test this.Margarette almost seems unaware that numerous children are born before 28 weeks. According to her ludicrous criteria, they're not alive because their brain supposedly hasn't begun communicating with their body.
Neurological pathways in the embryo are still developing at birth. After 28 weeks of gestation (third trimester) the fetal brain begins to communicate with the fetal body.
This means that a fetus would not have any basic reactions to stimuli until well after the current cutoff for non-medically indicated, elective abortion. These fetuses cannot feel pain, nor are they self-aware.
We should not limit people’s choices based on a non-medical, arbitrary marker of development such as a heartbeat.