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November 6, 2013

OPINION: When does human life begin?

By DAVID NOWAK

Abortion is one of the most divisive and controversial issues of our day. People generally have strong views about abortion. It is not a social issue of mere preference, but an issue about life and death.

A federal appeals court issued a ruling Thursday reinstating most of Texas’ controversial new abortions restrictions, just three days after a federal judge ruled they were unconstitutional. Thank God for that!

Abortion draws out the clashes between two divergent world views. The humanistic world view says, “Man is the highest standard there is. You don’t answer to anyone, so do whatever you want.” The Christian world view says, “We answer to God, and He has commanded us not to murder. We must always submit our desires and preferences to the authority of His Word.”

I believe that one of the reasons that we see such emotional, tenacious commitment to the availability of abortion is that women have been brainwashed to believe that what is growing in their womb is not human life. According to the Guttmacher Institute, in the United States more than 1 million abortions occur each year, more than 3,000 per day, and 22 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion; the planned and premeditated murder with malice and aforethought toward the victim, the unborn child in the womb.

Science tells us that human life begins at the time of conception. From the moment fertilization takes place, the child’s genetic makeup is already complete. Its gender has already been determined, along with its height and hair, eye and skin color. The only thing the embryo needs to become a fully-functioning being is the time to grow and develop.

Recently, Dr. Robert George wrote an article outlining this whole topic in more detail. In his words: “That is, in human reproduction, when sperm joins ovum, these two individual cells cease to be, and their union generates a new and distinct organism. This organism is a whole, though in the beginning developmentally immature, member of the human species. Readers need not take our word for this: They can consult any of the standard human-embryology texts, such as Moore and Persaud’s The Developing Human, Larsen’s Human Embryology, Carlson’s Human Embryology & Developmental Biology, and O’Rahilly and Mueller’s Human Embryology & Teratology.

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