babies can respond to their mothers voices after 6 months
therefore they are certainly conscious
how is it not illegal to kill a conscious person?
It's illegal to have an abortion after 24 weeks. Are you speaking hypothetically? Also, responding to stimuli does not equal consciousness.
If its more than 3 weeks, its a NO NO.
I'd be inclined to say that once the foetus has a sentient, conscious existence, it has a right to life - which is probably many weeks/months after conception, I wouldn't know when exactly. That being said, I'm sure some branches of utilitarianism would argue that whilst taking the life of a sentient being is never pleasant, it may in cases like these be morally justified if that foetus was going to go on and lead a miserable life (i.e. be severely handicapped and in some form of constant pain). I couldn't convincingly argue against that perspective at the moment... I need to read more philosophy.