Let’s look at the definition of human:
Oh, look at that! That definition also includes human beings. Let’s define human beings:
Human being also involves the child of the species, let’s see what that’s defined as:
Well, look at that, it also includes the unborn child. At the time of conception, the new human life, a new human being with a seperate DNA code, body and gender comes into development. It does not matter that the embryo/fetus is not as developed, that is still a human being under all accounts. It also does not magically become a human being once it leaves the vagina. It can’t. It would be impossible. Whoever is born human has been human from its inception.
But please, don’t take it from me:
“Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).
“Fertilization is a sequence of events that begins with the contact of a sperm (spermatozoon) with a secondary oocyte (ovum) and ends with the fusion of their pronuclei (the haploid nuclei of the sperm and ovum) and the mingling of their chromosomes to form a new cell. This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being.”
[Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc, 1988, p.2]
“Embryo: The developing individual between the union of the germ cells and the completion of the organs which characterize its body when it becomes a separate organism.... At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun…. The term embryo covers the several stages of early development from conception to the ninth or tenth week of life.”[Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976, p. 943]
“The question came up of what is an embryo, when does an embryo exist, when does it occur. I think, as you know, that in development, life is a continuum…. But I think one of the useful definitions that has come out, especially from Germany, has been the stage at which these two nuclei [from sperm and egg] come together and the membranes between the two break down.”[Jonathan Van Blerkom of University of Colorado, expert witness on human embryology before the NIH Human Embryo Research Panel — Panel Transcript, February 2, 1994, p. 63]
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed…. The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity.”[O’Rahilly, Ronan and M�ller, Fabiola. Human Embryology & Teratology. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, pp. 8, 29. This textbook lists “pre-embryo” among “discarded and replaced terms” in modern embryology, describing it as “ill-defined and inaccurate” (p. 12}]
"Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)… The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.”[Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996, p. 3]
Life is continuous, and alive human beings grow and develop as time goes on. It’s the only reason why an unborn child can go from looking like this:
To then this:
to then become a newborn:
To then go on to grow in different stages:
All human. In different stages of development. So I don’t know what context you want me to put it in. If anything, I’m talking in context of human beings, human lives, in development. And why it’s inherently wrong to corrupt and end that development by killing/terminating the unborn child’s life in the womb.
Have you ever been pregnant?
No, I’ve never been pregnant. Although I do hope to be someday. But you know who was? My grandmother. 7 times. 5 of them being miscarriages. Two of the babies that lived, one being my uncle, the other being my mother. My grandmother was the one that found a good friend of hers bleeding to death on the floor after an abortion, and had to take her to a hospital. She was the one who always told me life was precious and abortion killed a little life. I didn’t always believe her. Until now. And I choose to believe a woman who helped to raise me and made me the woman I am today over a woman who believes it should be anyone’s choice to kill a little baby in the womb.
pro-choicer: *is confronted with a scientific and logical defense of human life with sources to back them up*
pro-choicer: “but have you been pregnant?”
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