Monday, July 06, 2009

When Does Human Life Begin?

I often hear Catholic Politicians claim that they cannot be politically pro-life because it would be an imposition of their religious belief on others to do so. This view is not limited to Catholics or Democrats. I have heard it also in day to day conversations about abortion with pro-choice persons of every political persuasion. When I ask my friend to describe the belief that I am forcing him or her to accept I usually am told it is the belief that human life begins at conception.

Faith or belief is the acceptance of something that cannot be established by science. The fact that human life begins at conception is not a matter of faith but of established scientific fact. This kind of kicks the stool from under those Catholic politicians using this excuse. Here is a review of one man's reaction to this reality.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson was one of the founders of the National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws (NARAL) in the U.S. in 1968. In 1973 he took a job involving Fetal Science. This eventually led to his becoming pro-life. Here is a quote from his explanation of his change on this issue.

"I am often asked what made me change my mind. How did I change from prominent abortionist to pro-life advocate? In 1973, I became director of obstetrics of a large hospital in New York City and had to set up a prenatal research unit, just at the start of a great new technology which we now use every day to study the foetus in the womb.

A favourite pro-abortion tactic is to insist that the definition of when life begins is impossible; that the question is a theological or moral or philosophical one, anything but a scientific one. Foetology makes it undeniably evident that life begins at conception and requires all the protection and safeguards that any of us enjoy.

Why, you may well ask, do some American doctors who are privy to the findings of foetology, discredit themselves by carrying out abortions? Simple arithmetic at $300 a time, 1.55 million abortions means an industry generating $500,000,000 annually, of which most goes into the pocket of the physician doing the abortion. It is clear that permissive abortion is purposeful destruction of what is undeniably human life. It is an impermissible act of deadly violence.

One must concede that unplanned pregnancy is a wrenchingly difficult dilemma, but to look for its solution in a deliberate act of destruction is to trash the vast resourcefulness of human ingenuity, and to surrender the public weal to the classic utilitarian answer to social problems.


Read Dr. Nathanson's entire statement.

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