Liberal logic seems to be in favor of extending the concept of personhood to anything, and everybody, except of course for actual human babies, from Michelle Broder Van Dyke
In a historic moment for animal rights, two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, were recognized by a New York court as legal persons Monday.
Hercules and Leo, who are currently used for biomedical experiments at Stony Brook University on Long Island, were granted habeas corpus by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe.
Habeas corpus is a legal petition that detainees use to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment, and by granting habeas corpus to chimps, Jaffe endorsed the idea that they deserve the rights of a human being.
Advocates argue great apes are highly intelligent and self-aware beings with complex emotional lives that deserve basic rights, including the right to be free of inhumane punishment.
Hat tip, reax and BSWK, Darleen Click, Protein Wisdom :
One million unborn human beings killed by abortion last year were unavailable for comment.
Of course, chimpanzees are intelligent and self-aware. Human babies are apparently neither. In further news, as soon Judge Barbara Jaffe figures out how to train these apes to reliably vote the straight democrat party line, she will grant them voting rights.