The abortion lobby is distressed because the United States Congress is considering allowing parents to begin saving for college for their children while living and growing in the womb. This is the language from the House of Representatives Bill they are so concerned about…
(e) UNBORN CHILDREN ALLOWED AS ACCOUNT BENEFICIARIES. — Section 529(e) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
(6) TREATMENT OF UNBORN CHILDREN. —
(A) IN GENERAL. — Nothing shall prevent an unborn child from being treated as a designated beneficiary or an individual under this section.
(B) UNBORN CHILD. — For purposes of this paragraph —
(i) IN GENERAL. — The term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero.
(ii) CHILD IN UTERO. — The term ‘child in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.
What a pathetic and sadistic people we have become. Some are so concerned about their ability to legally kill their own children that they must fight every attempt to recognize their child’s humanity prior to their birth. They even attack a provision in the tax code that allows parents to gain an additional nine months of opportunity to save for their child’s future. After all, every one of us have lived nine months longer than we claim (take a look at that little round scar on your abdomen for proof).
This is from NARAL, America’s most rabid abortion advocate…
In the newly-released 429-page Republican tax proposal, they’ve included extremist “personhood” language in the section about college saving accounts.
It’s the most cynical of all ploys: Prey on the desire of parents everywhere to attain a better future for their kids, in order to serve the GOP’s obsession with governing women’s bodies and lives. By granting this status in pregnancy, Republicans are going against legal precedent, science, and public opinion to lay the groundwork to ban abortion outright.
Clearly, NARAL is against accepting that each member of their staff possesses a belly button. Further, they reject the idea that a prenatal child deserves an education. Additionally, they reject the absolute science that has determined that each of our lives began at fertilization. Here are a few excerpts from various embryology textbooks…
Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote.
— England, Marjorie A. Life Before Birth. 2nd ed. England: Mosby-Wolfe, 1996, p.31
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 organism from the time of fertilization until significant differentiation has occurred, when the organism becomes known as a fetus.
— Cloning Human Beings. Report and Recommendations of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Rockville, MD: GPO, 1997, Appendix-2.
Embryo: An organism in the earliest stage of development; in a man, from the time of conception to the end of the second month in the uterus.
— Dox, Ida G. et al. The Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993, p. 146
Embryo: The early developing fertilized egg that is growing into another individual of the species. In man the term ‘embryo’ is usually restricted to the period of development from fertilization until the end of the eighth week of pregnancy.
— Walters, William and Singer, Peter (eds.). Test-Tube Babies. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1982, p. 160
The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which two highly specialized cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.
— Langman, Jan. Medical Embryology. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1975, p. 3
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. 94
I would say that among most scientists, the word ‘embryo’ includes the time from after fertilization…
— Dr. John Eppig, Senior Staff Scientist, Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine) and Member of the NIH Human Embryo Research Panel — Panel Transcript, February 2, 1994, p. 31
The development of a human begins with fertilization, a process by which the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.
— Sadler, T.W. Langman’s Medical Embryology. 7th edition. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins 1995, p. 3
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
Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.
— Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, p. 1
The chromosomes of the oocyte and sperm are…respectively enclosed within female and male pronuclei. These pronuclei fuse with each other to produce the single, diploid, 2N nucleus of the fertilized zygote. This moment of zygote formation may be taken as the beginning or zero time point of embryonic development.
— Larsen, William J. Human Embryology. 2nd edition. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1997, p. 17
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 Miller, Fabiola. Human Embryology & Teratology. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, pp. 8, 29.
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
Clearly, Congress is simply representing the obvious: that each of our lives began at the moment of our fertilization and recognizes that our educational needs are important from that moment until our enrollment in college. Logic is a struggle for some.