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Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments (Part I)

The “fetus”—–human life or not? As pro-lifers, we need to educate ourselves and have answers to pro-choice arguments and rhetoric. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the typical pro-choice claims and we will arm you with good and accurate information to refute their misleading and false arguments. For many years, their most significant and basic argument has been that the so-called fetus is not a human life; it’s just a simple mass of tissue or part of the pregnant woman’s body. They also claim that the question of when human life begins is uncertain and a religious issue. However, medical textbooks and scientific reference works consistently agree that life begins at conception, when a genetically distinct individual is brought into existence. Some of the world’s most prominent scientists and physicians testified to a U.S. Senate committee that human life begins at conception. At these same hearings, pro-abortionists, though invited to do so, failed to produce even a single expert witness who would testify that life begins at any point other than conception. From the moment of conception, the unborn fetus is not simple, but very complex. The newly fertilized egg contains a staggering amount of genetic information, sufficient to control the individual’s growth and development for an entire lifetime. The key word is development. Like a toddler or adolescent, the term fetus does not refer to “non-humans”, but to humans at a particular stage of development. It is scientifically inaccurate and untrue to say a fetus is not a human being simply because he or she is at an earlier stage of development than an infant. Being inside something is not the same as being part of something. The mother and the unborn child are two separate individuals and half the time, they are not even the same sex! The child has its own DNA, fingerprints and blood type, distinct from the mother’s. The unborn child even takes an active role in his or her own development, even controlling the course of the pregnancy and the time of birth.¬†