But to generalize a bit? When an individual is considered by society to be responsible for a dependent. For example, a surgeon is intensely resposible for a disabled patient under the knife, somewhat responsible to provide medical information afterwards, and then at some point the relationship ends.
It would be interesting to know how well we've researched the mental capacity of a fetus. I do know that there's a point at 12 weeks where brain activity is first registered, so that would seem a safe 'most conservative' mark. There may be another critical point in brain development that allows basic cognition, and if this consistantly takes place (say at 13 or 14 or whatever) this would also be a safe point.How can the level of awareness of the child be determined?