“It May Be Human But It’s Not A Person.”

Any qualification for personhood, be it viability, sentience, movement, rationality, etc. either excludes a group of born humans or includes a group of non-humans (animals have sentience and quadriplegics are immobile, but this does not mean they are or aren’t persons). Every instance in history when a distinction was made between humanity and personhood, as was the case for Jews, slaves, and even women, it resulted in the prolonged oppression of whole populations of individuals.