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is overwhelming evidence that life begins at the moment of conception.
And, there is absolutely no true scientific evidence that can refute this
fact. Even abortionists, scientists, doctors, and a past president of Planned Parenthood
admit that a new life begins at
"I see no difference between the early person that you were at
conception and the late person which you are now. You were, and are, a
human being." (Dr.
Jerome Lejeune, known as "The Father of Modern Genetics")
"By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is
present from the moment of conception." (Dr.
Hymie Gordon, Chairman of the Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic)
anyone in the medical community still openly denies that the pre-born
child is a biological human." (Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former
abortionist turned pro-life activist)
fact is that the unborn child is a distinct individual from the moment
of conception. From the moment you were conceived, "you were
pro-abortion side tries to argue that the humanity of a fetus only
comes from the acceptance of it by the mother, this is plainly
fact, when 'legalizing' abortion in this country, the scientific
evidence concerning when life begins was entirely ignored. As Justice
Blackmun stated in the Court's majority opinion, "We need not
the difficult question of when life begins." Instead of considering the scientific evidence that clearly showed that life begins at
conception, they pushed the inconvenient evidence aside, in favor of a
so-called right to 'privacy' - as if privacy could ever take precedence
over a person's most basic right to live.
His Holiness Pope John Paul
"Some people try to justify
abortion by claiming that the result of conception, at least up to a
certain number of days, cannot yet be considered a personal human life.
But in fact, 'from the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun
which is neither that of the father nor the mother; it is rather the
life of a new human being with his own growth. It would never be made
human if it were not human already. This has always been clear, and...
modern genetic science offers clear confirmation. It has demonstrated
that from the first instant there is established the programme of what
this living being will be: a person, this individual person with his
characteristic aspects already well determined. Right from fertilization
the adventure of a human life begins, and each of its capacities
requires time - a rather lengthy time - to find its place and to be in a
position to act'. Even if the presence of a spiritual soul cannot be
ascertained by empirical data, the results themselves of scientific
research on the human embryo provide 'a valuable indication for
discerning by the use of reason a personal presence at the moment of the
first appearance of a human life: how could a human individual not be a
human person?'. Furthermore, what is at stake is so important that, from
the standpoint of moral obligation, the mere probability that a human
person is involved would suffice to justify an absolutely clear
prohibition of any intervention aimed at killing a human embryo.
Precisely for this reason, over and above all scientific debates and
those philosophical affirmations to which the Magisterium has not
expressly committed itself, the Church has always taught and continues
to teach that the result of human procreation, from the first moment of
its existence, must be guaranteed that unconditional respect which is
morally due to the human being in his or her totality and unity as body
and spirit: 'The human being is to be respected and treated as a person
from the moment of conception; and therefore from that same moment his
rights as a person must be recognized, among which in the first place is
the inviolable right of every innocent human being to life'."
the moment of conception, an unborn baby is a completely separate individual
from its mother. For example:
fetus has different DNA from its mother at the moment of conception.
Its entirely unique genetic makeup exists from conception, making it a different
individual from both its parents and every other person in the
the moment of conception, an unborn child may be a different
gender than its mother. Roughly half of all unborn children are male.
unborn child has a separate blood supply from its mother. It may even
have a different blood type than its mother.
unborn child has its own brain.
unborn child has its own organs.
has its own fingerprints.
unborn child has its own soul.
we are not talking about just one person.
technology has made it even easier to demonstrate the humanity and uniqueness
of the fetus. Instruments have been invented which allow us to
"peek inside the womb" at an even earlier age. What is already
known about fetal development is fascinating. For example:
unborn child's heart starts beating at about the 18th day.
about the 20th day, the structure for the entire nervous
system is present.
about 40 days, brain
waves may be recordable.
unborn child has been photographed sucking its thumb at 7 weeks.
eight weeks, the unborn child can feel pain. Yes, the unborn child
can feel pain in the womb! Fetuses have even been shown to struggle
to escape the instruments of abortion.
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about eight weeks, the unborn child has its own fingerprints.
about eight weeks, all body systems are present.
about nine weeks, the unborn child can make a fist.
By about nine weeks,
the unborn child may squint.
11 weeks, the unborn child may be sensitive to heat, touch, light, and
11 weeks, one may be able to observe smiles and other facial
11 weeks, the unborn child may sleep and wake, turn its head, hear,
taste, and even urinate.
11-12 weeks, fingernails may be present.
about 12 weeks, all body systems may be functioning.
(Rapid Eye Movement) - associated with dreaming - has been detected in
the womb as early as the 17th week.
Babies only 21 weeks
old (and even some at 20 weeks) have survived outside the
fetus is also shown to be alert and conscious. He or she may see and hear,
and can even cry if conditions permit it.
themselves can tell you that the unborn are human - they know they are!
When they perform an abortion, they see the tiny hands, feet, arms,
legs, fingers, toes, ears, and head. They see what they are doing
when they tear off limbs, crush skulls, suck the children out of the
womb, etc. Sometimes the battered child even comes out still alive.
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you not yet convinced that the unborn is a human child? Just look at a picture of an aborted child. There's
question. If you can't bear to look at the bloody images of torn limbs, decapitated
bodies, mangled torsos, try viewing pictures of fetal development.
Note that the average age of aborted children may be 11 weeks. If
you were to look at a fetus at 11 weeks, you would notice that it looks
completely human, although small.
various ways, our own legal system admits an unborn child is human.
courts may try persons for the crime of killing the unborn (when not
connected with an abortion).
courts may also allow the willing of property to the unborn.
One pro-life activist was
recently arrested and tried
for displaying the remains of an aborted baby. He faced jail time due to
"unlawful display of human remains without a permit". They
therefore unwittingly admitted that the child is human! Is it not unjust
that one can perform an abortion (that is, kill a child) with
the full protection of the law, but one cannot show the results of
the killing without being charged with a crime?
those in the business of abortions have admitted the aborted
children are human. Although they may tell a troubled woman that her
unborn child is "just a blob of tissue" on one hand, if
they sell the body of her aborted baby, they may then call it
"human". Organizations literally pack and sell bodies of
aborted babies. The bodies are listed in their catalogs as
"human". They have been sold as novelties (e.g.
paperweights), used for experiments, harvested for organs, and
used in manufacture of certain products. In some cases, the babies
were still alive (and capable of experiencing pain).
an 'embryo' or a 'fetus' is considered just one stage in life, like later being a
child, or a teenager, or an adult, or an older person. You weren't a
non-person at any of these stages, you were simply you at a different stage of
your life." Note: Before approximately12 weeks, an unborn child
may be called an 'embryo', and after that a 'fetus' (Latin for "young one").
Whether an embryo or fetus, the unborn child is a tiny human
Scripture tells us in various places that the unborn are human.
New Testament revelation confirms the indisputable recognition of the
value of life from its very beginning. The exaltation of fruitfulness
and the eager expectation of life resound in the words with which
Elizabeth rejoices in her pregnancy: 'The Lord has looked on me... to
take away my reproach among men' (Lk. 1:25). And even more so, the value
of the person from the moment of conception is celebrated in the meeting
between the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, and between the two children whom
they are carrying in the womb. It is precisely the [unborn] children who reveal
the advent of the Messianic age: in their meeting, the redemptive power
of the presence of the Son of God among men first becomes operative. As
Saint Ambrose writes: 'The arrival of Mary and the blessings of the
Lord's presence are also speedily declared... Elizabeth was the first to
hear the voice; but John was the first to experience grace. She heard
according to the order of nature; he leaped because of the mystery. She
recognized the arrival of Mary; he the arrival of the Lord. The woman
recognized the woman's arrival; the child, that of the child. The women
speak of grace; the babies make it effective from within to the
advantage of their mothers who, by a double miracle, prophesy under the
inspiration of their children. The infant leaped, the mother was filled
with the Spirit. The mother was not filled before the son, but after the
son was filled with the Holy Spirit, he filled his mother too'."
(Pope John Paul II, 1995, emphasis added)
"Isaac entreated the LORD on behalf of his wife, since she was
sterile. The LORD heard his entreaty, and Rebekah became pregnant. But the children in her womb jostled each other so much that she
exclaimed, 'If this is to be so, what good will it do me!' She
went to consult the LORD, and he answered her: 'Two nations
are in your womb, two peoples are quarreling while still within you; But
one shall surpass the other, and the older shall serve the
25:21-23, emphasis added)
formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you,
so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you
knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in
secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my
actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before
one came to be." (Ps. 139:13-16)
life is sacred and inviolable at every moment of existence, including
the initial phase which precedes birth. All human beings, from their
mothers' womb, belong to God who searches them and knows them, who forms
them and knits them together with his own hands, who gazes on them when
they are tiny shapeless embryos and already sees in them the adults of
tomorrow whose days are numbered and whose vocation is even now written
in the 'book of life' (cf. Ps 139: 1, 13-16). There too, when they are
still in their mothers' womb - as many passages of the Bible bear
witness - they are the personal objects of God's loving and fatherly
providence." (Pope John Paul II, 1995, emphasis added)
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