In the U.S. House of Representatives last week, Congressman Trent Franks and a long list of Republican cosponsors introduced H.R. 447, “A bill to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.”
Discrimination on the basis of race against anybody sounds bad, but is there an actual problem of discrimination against zygote, embryos and fetuses on the basis of race? Racism against adults and children is sadly easy to find. Can anyone out there identify a single case of racial discrimination in the entire 21st century so far against a zygote, embryo or fetus?
Furthermore, I’d like to ask the more philosophical question of whether racial identity really exists before birth. Given that the concept of race is primarily cultural, and not genetic, how can a zygote, embryo or fetus be said to have a racial identity?