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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