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In 1981 (April 23-24) a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held hearings on the very question before us here: When does human life begin? Appearing to speak on behalf of the scientific community was a group of internationally-known geneticists and biologists who had the same story to tell, namely, that human life begins at conception
*** Dr. Micheline M. Mathews-Roth, Harvard medical School, gave confirming testimony, supported by references from over 20 embryology and other medical textbooks that human life began at conception.
“It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive…It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception.”
***”Father of Modern Genetics” Dr. Jerome Lejeune told the lawmakers:
“To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.”
*** Dr. McCarthy de Mere, medical doctor and law professor, University of Tennessee, testified:
“The exact moment of the beginning of personhood and of the human body is at the moment of conception.”
*** Dr. Alfred Bongiovanni, Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, concluded,
“I am no more prepared to say that these early stages represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty … is not a human being….I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception.”
***Dr. Richard V. Jaynes:
“To say that the beginning of human life cannot be determined scientifically is utterly ridiculous.”
***Dr. Landrum Shettles, sometimes called the “Father of In Vitro Fertilization” notes
“Conception confers life and makes that life one of a kind.”
And on the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade,
“To deny a truth [about when life begins] should not be made a basis for legalizing abortion.”
*** Professor Eugene Diamond:
“…either the justices were fed a backwoods biology or they were pretending ignorance about a scientific certainty.”
***Gordon, Hymie, M.D., F.R.C.P., Chairman of Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester:
“By all criteria of modern molecular biology,life is present from the moment of conception…Science has a very simple conception of man; as soon as he has been conceived, a man is a man.”
** C. Christopher Hook, M.D. Oncologist, Mayo Clinic, Director of Ethics Education, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine:
“When fertilization is complete, a unique genetic human entity exists.”
Bernard Nathanson co-founded one of the most influential abortion advocacy groups in the world (NARAL) and once served as medical director for the largest abortion clinic in America. In 1974, he wrote an article for the New England Journal of Medicine in which he states, "There is no longer serious doubt in my mind that human life exists within the womb from the very onset of pregnancy..."6 Some years later, he would reiterate:
There is simply no doubt that even the early embryo is a human being. All its genetic coding and all its features are indisputably human. As to being, there is no doubt that it exists, is alive, is self-directed, and is not the the same being as the mother–and is therefore a unified whole.7
One group that comes to mind is Secular Pro-Life, whose name speaks for itself. In 2013, the group’s blog published a piece debating the claims of a rabbi who stated that the idea that life begins at conception is a religious belief – one to which he does not subscribe. It was the site’s second most-read post for that year, as the group pointed out that whether a pro-lifer is religious or not, real, modern science backs them up
How is it "religious" when there are millions of pro-lifers in the United States with no religion? It can't just be because there are religious folks who agree with us; most religious people also agree that human trafficking is immoral, but we don't call human trafficking a religious issue.
So this is the part I don't understand. Your definition of when life begins is not based on scientific fact. It is your religiously held belief. But it isn't mine.
The reason Rabbi Alexander doesn't get it is because
our definition of when life begins IS based on scientific fact.
Now if scientist cannot agree, shouldn't we err on the side of caution?
a reply to: Krazysh0t
The origins of PP have ZERO baring on whether they broke the law or not in those videos.
There are no experts here on this forum, just social advocates taking sides with lives,
originally posted by: TechniXcality
a reply to: Swills
Look man, I believe CMP believes what they are doing is right, it's also legal. Surely there is shock value involved with the videos, is it legit I don't know. That however isn't my disagreement, do I support them, as much as I support anyone else's legal rights.
originally posted by: codegreenspace
I enjoyed helping out BTS on the set of the new NLBS. It brought back a lot of good memories from working on ATS Recap.
On the set of ATS Recap, we created a "one of a kind" studio. The setting was Joe's apartment and with the help of multiple Home Depot runs we were up and running..it was fun, authentic and we were learning lots about the entire process. I will hunt down a photo so you all can laugh with us..
originally posted by: Gothmog
Since the disposition of an aborted fetus is a state issue, in some states across the nation Planned Parenthood is under investigation . And since the disposition of an aborted fetus other than cremation is illegal in these states , if they have broken the law it carries multiple felony charges in those states.Plus closing all facilities in those states.
Michelle Wilkins is recounting the terrifying moment a stranger attacked her and sliced her open, removing her unborn child from her womb
She is also detailing the brief amount of time she got to hold her dead daughter in the hospital, calling her 'perfect'
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Lane is being held on $2million bail and pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts including first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault in July and is set to go on trial in early 2016.