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March 01, 2005

Defining the Beginning of Life

Doug Allen provides a pro-abortion argument that will probably leave both the pro-choice side and the pro-life side a little disappointed. That's because he doesn't couch the argument in terms of religion or in terms of absolute rights. Instead, he takes a crack at defining the starting point of a life in a medical sense.

You might disagree with him (from either side of the argument), but the thought that went into his assertion is solid. Given that I support my own opposition to abortion in the thought that I don't know where life actually begins, and I believe that were are better when we err on the side of protecting life, this is actually a direct assault on my position. He's tossed the gauntlet, in a sense: this is when life begins, now argue the point.

Before I can argue it, I have to give it fair consideration, but I do appreciate the line of attack.

Jump in if you're feeling brave.

Posted by zombyboy at March 1, 2005 05:15 PM

Where do you find these incredible blogs?

Posted by: Rae at March 1, 2005 07:23 PM

One of the guys from Cattalarchy actually came by and argued about taxes for a number of days. It was an impressive display, and I've been enjoying their site ever since. And both agreeing and disagreeing almost as often as I stop by...

Posted by: zombyboy at March 1, 2005 07:28 PM

Technically, life doesn't "begin." It's continuous. The cells that make up a fertilized zygote are alive before they combine, and the zygote itself is alive. Likewise, when we're talking about human life, there is no pause in its humanity any more than there is a pause in its being alive.

The question of when the result of conception becomes a unique life is incontrovertibly at that point where the separate cells join.

The only valid point of dispute is philosophical: at which point does the product of human conception become a person?

Medical, or any other scientific arguments on that point, are simply ludicrous.

Posted by: McGehee at March 1, 2005 08:21 PM
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