When Does Life Begin?

The illogicality of these people is stunning. The question was “When does life begin?”

Life is a biological state of being. The dictionary defines “life” as “an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction” A fertilized egg at the moment of conception has metabolism, is growing, reacts to stimuli, and has the potential for reproduction (just like a toddler). Any scientist worth his or her salt will tell you that when differentiating between living and non-living things, a one celled zygote (what we all started as) is definitely “living.”

 

And yet these people firmly believe (or say they believe) that life begins:

  • “at birth”
  • “when there’s an electrical impulse from the brain but not when the heart beats”
  • “when the woman decides she’s going to go for it” (in other words, whenever the woman says it’s alive).
The second answer (the brain)?  The heart begins to beat three to four weeks after conception.  The brain sends electrical impulses as at six weeks.  So I guess this woman is ok with abortions up to six weeks then, but no older, right?  Doubtful.  And the last answer is the most illogical of all.
I can have a rational discussion with someone who agrees that the fetus is “alive” but doesn’t consider the fetus a “person” until birth. I would disagree with them, but our discussion would be philosophical, not biological. I can debate those things. But these people want abortion to be legal all the way up to birth. With the fetus viable after week 24, and with a 90% chance of survivability outside the womb after week 27, these people that want abortion legal after that point are basically saying “We would rather go through a procedure to remove the fetus from the woman’s body, but kill the fetus, even though there is a procedure that can both remove the fetus AND let it live.” These people even want abortion legal all the way up to birth.
 
Let that sink in: let’s say a baby was born at 1pm. Ten fingers, ten toes, 7 pounds 5 ounces. Healthy.
These women think that at 12:55 a woman should have the right to say “kill it,” and the medical staff should accept her decision as right and just and good.  I don’t understand that kind of thinking.  To me, it’s evil.  And that’s why I fight it. 
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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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