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Clarity needed on when 'life' begins

Brian McClinton (Write Back, July 24) tells us that "even sperm cells have 'life'". Why the inverted commas? What does he mean?

He also uses the term 'personhood' as in his sentence: "The question is not when life begins, because that is ambiguous and continuous over a period of time, but, when does personhood begin?"

Who defines what is meant by personhood?

George Mc Nally

Londonderry

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