Re: [Bioethics] Parents end legal fight over Siamese twins
- Re. Rhetoric
The vampiristic language that has been applied to 'Mary' vis. 'Jodie'
('parasitic,' 'sucking her [=Jodie's] life blood') implies that not a cell
of hemoglobin originated from Mary, etc. The rhetorical strategies
involved should not so easily be adopted without further comment. I have
yet to see comment on this point. As the decision was consolidated,
increasingly radical characterizations were made (and repeated) -
revealing perhaps more concerning the needs of the speakers than
concerning the physiology of the children.
Kirk C. Allison
Program in Human Rights and Medicine
University of Minnesota