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From a purely scientific stand point, no it doesn't. Religiously, I don't believe potential matters either. What decides when you have a soul? Surely God doesn't assign a soul just because you have a single dividing cell inside of your body. If that were true then every time you scratch your arm, you shed hundreds and thousands of potentials.
Following my logic, if there is a god, has he not already foreseen an abortion and already planned accordingly. Why is it that the child cannot wait? There is certainly bound to be a better time and place for an un-expecting mother to pursue her pregnancy later in life, as she becomes more capable.
Originally posted by voicefromtheages
Making abortions illegal ignores those different degrees of social, economic, and cultural status within the group identity.edit on 28-1-2012 by voicefromtheages because: Syntax
Originally posted by Miraj
reply to post by paxnatus
Fertilization is not the beginning of new human life. There are many factors that could mitigate this, natural or not.
It is the potential for human life, it certainly begins to grow while supported. But it is not yet human life.
You should read your evidence, as the paragraph you posted clearly states that this question is not for Science. If science cannot answer a question, then it is not fact. Any further conclusions drawn are pure opinion.
If an egg is fertilized, fertilization occurs in the far end of the Fallopian tube near the ovary, and as the embryo travels down the tube, cell division starts. By the time it reaches the uterus (about a week later), it is a “hollow ball” or blastocyst, which has about 100 cells. The embryo, specifically the placenta, starts producing hormones which prevent the corpus luteum from disintegrating, and hormones from the corpus luteum maintain the endometrium until the placenta is large enough to secrete more hormones on its own. Note that whereas contraceptives, as their name suggests, prevent conception (union of egg and sperm to form a new person), intrauterine devices (IUDs) as well as “morning after” pills and some other drugs, including Depo-Provera, work to prevent implantation of the week-old, genetically-unique, growing embryo thereby causing it to die, and thus are abortifacients.
Originally posted by Crakeur
If you want to split hairs, sperm cells are one celled living creatures and, therefore, every time a guy masturbates, he's killing thousands of them.
The science is there and has been there for about 150 years. In fact,it ought to be clear by now that when human life begins has no relationship to religion at all!
In sum,virtually every human embryologist agrees that fertilization is the beginning of the new human life.
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by Maslo
Why should I publish that which Dawkins already talks about?
I like Dawkins and the lot of modern day philosophers. They make it perfectly clear that science can prove what people claim only morality can.
Morality and logic are distinctive from each other, and logic is more important because logic is based off observable fact.
You can keep your morals. I'll side with the logical scientific side of things.
And that much, has already been published. Once again, you are just ignoring things that go against your own views. You're a dinosaur from another age. A dying one, thank God.edit on 28-1-2012 by Gorman91 because: (no reason given)edit on 28-1-2012 by Gorman91 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by troubleshooter
A woman is a soveriegn individual who can only decide what happens within the domain of her own physiology.
Then she should probably not have unprotected sex. Your body, your right. Your failure, your responsibility