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On the Embryo

I’ve written quite a few of these weekly posts about arguing for the unborn as human persons and thus deserving the right to life.   I come back to that because everything I read comes to back to that.  Today I want to backtrack a little bit and write about the scientific evidence that shows the unborn to be human beings. (I know, obvious, right?)

“Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species.  There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countess medical, biological, and scientific writings.”*

Scott Klusendorf puts it simply, “In short, you didn’t come from an embryo.  You once were an embryo.  At no point in your prenatal development did you undergo a substantial change or change of nature.”  He then goes onto to argue that the embryo is distinct, living, and whole.  It is distinct in the sense that it is a completely different entity from its parents.  Clearly the embryo is living because it is growing, and it also reacts to stimuli and converts food to energy.  The embryo is a complete or whole human organism rather than a part of one (as some argue), and this is clear because it develops into more mature stages of the human being.   Those who won’t admit that the embryo is human, are put in the awkward situation of having to argue that two humans produce offspring that isn’t human but eventually becomes so.

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There is also a new post on the blog with links to various pro-life articles and short videos that I came upon this last week.

* Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, Report, 97th Congress, 1st Session, 1981.

Again, this information comes from chapter 2 of the Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf.

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More good links.

Sanctity of Human Life week always brings a whole host of good posts in the Christian blogosphere.  I haven’t read everything yet, but I’m passing on these links in good faith:

March for Life 2010 – pictures of pro-lifers in Washington D.C. this past Friday.

Overturning and Undermining Roe v. Wade: An Interview with Clark Forsythe – I found this a very interesting and informative post.  I encourage you to check it out.

Accusing and Excusing for 37 Years is a list of many states’ fetal homicide laws – a sobering reminder of the inconsistency of our nation’s laws regarding the unborn.

Mugged by Ultrasound – an article on why so many abortion workers have turned pro-life

Probably the Most Abortion Targeted Neighborhood in America – “There are so many abortion clinics here that people stand here often times and hand out ten percent discount coupons if they’ll come into their abortion clinic rather than another one.”  Please watch this short video on abortion targeted inner city Los Angeles and Heartbeat International’s initiative to start a pregnancy help clinic on the same street as four abortion clinics.

And I posted the short talk that Esther and I gave in chapel in October, and the short speech from this past Friday on the blog here.

Some links and information about the upcoming Sanctity of Human Life week at Wheaton

Preparations and details relating to the observation of Sanctity of Human Life week have kept me busy of late, so today I just want to share with you some articles and blog posts that are well worth reading.

Since abortion was legalized in the US in 1973, there have been more than 50,000,000 abortions performed here.  Last year on his blog, Justin Taylor provided some visual aids to help you comprehend that number.

Choosing Thomas – here is an article about a couple who chose not to abort their son who had Trisomy 13, an error in DNA sequencing that meant that he would only live for days, or perhaps weeks, after birth.  The video made about them is very powerful.  Watch it.

The one child policy is having disastrous results for China.  Sex selection abortion have meant that in some rural areas, there are as many as 130 men per 100 women.  Since the one child policy was adopted in 1979, there have been 400 million abortions in China.  Perhaps that number is hard for you to wrap your head around?  That’s a larger number of people than the population of the entire United States of America.  Almost 100,000,000 more.

Why Are We Striving To Make Abortion Unthinkable? John Ensor writes a thoughtful guest post for Tim Challies.  “Abortion is our postmodern version of child sacrifice for the Me Generation. As such, it is an incomprehensible and unthinkable evil.”  Read the rest of it.

Coming up this week:

1)  Look for a table in the lower Beamer Center Wednesday through Friday with information and brochures, etc.
2)  Come discuss the attached article,  “When Good Men Do Nothing: Reflections From a Modern-Day Bürgermeister” in the Parmelee Room (across from the fishbowl), on Wednesday evening from 7-8.
3)  Pray in the fireside room on Thursday.  There will be prayer “prompts” provided.
4)  Friday is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  I invite you to fast and pray.  Consider wearing all black and displaying the number 50,000,000 somewhere.  Throughout the week there will be white sticky address labels with 50,000,000 printed on them available at the table in the Beamer Center.