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You said in a previous post that sex is determined at conception. This is untrue. For the first few weeks the embryo is of neither sex. It is only the presence or absence of testosterone at a later date which determines male or female.
For some reason, people are really confused by this. Sex, as well as thousands of other characteristics such as eye and hair color, is determined at the moment of fertilization. In human sexual reproduction, two distinct gametes fuse to form a zygote. Gametes are reproductive cells produced by a type of cell division called meiosis. They contain only one set of chromosomes and are said to be haploid.
The male gamete, called the spermatozoon, is relatively motile and usually has a flagellum. The female gamete, called the ovum, is nonmotile and relatively large in comparison to the male gamete. When the haploid male and female gametes unite in a process called fertilization, they form what is called a zygote. The zygote is diploid, meaning that it contains two sets of chromosomes.
The male gametes or sperm cells in humans and other mammals are heterogametic and contain one of two types of sex chromosomes. They are either X or Y. The female gametes or eggs however, contain only the X sex chromosome and are homogametic. The sperm cell determines the sex of an individual in this case. If a sperm cell containing an X chromosome fertilizes an egg, the resulting zygote will be XX or female. If the sperm cell contains a Y chromosome, then the resulting zygote will be XY or male.
Please watch this video to learn more. Understanding what abortion is and what it really destroys is important. Our prenatal children deserve nothing less than an informed debate.
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