|Life begins at Conception|
- Thursday, September 9 2004, 2:51:37 (CEST)|
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Biologists have four criteria for determining if something is alive: growth, metabolism, reproduction, and reaction to stimuli. The human pre-born baby displays all four and therefore is alive.
1.) They do indeed grow. No one argues that.
2.) They do metabolize. At conception, the pre-born baby absorbs water, nutrients, and oxygen, to build and repair her body.
3.) The reproduction criteria was meant to say: as a species, can they reproduce? Humans don’t have the maturity to reproduce for at least a dozen years after birth. Although the human zygote can asexually reproduce themselves (that’s how we get identical twins).
4.) Metabolizing is an example of reacting to stimuli. From conception on forward, you display this trait. Also, pre-born babies are able to feel pain because they have a fully functionaly nervous system in the 1st trimester.
Zygote, fetus, embryo… are not to be regarded as a different creature than an adult human. They are stages of growth. Though a zygote may not look as human as a newborn baby, you could say the same when comparing a newborn to an elder. Your age or stage of human maturity does not determine you humanity; being conceived by humans and having the same 48 chromosomes all humans have is what makes you human.
Those are the indisputable facts. All pre-born babies are alive and human from the moment of conception.
"Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen." - Deuteronomy 27:25
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