Liberals love to claim that conservatives don’t understand science, especially when it comes to abortion. There has been relentless debate about when life begins, be it at conception or at birth, but this is perhaps the most ridiculous assertion ever recorded.
Ricki Lewis “is a science writer with a PhD in genetics,” but says that there is no scientific answer to the very basic question: “When does life begin?”
In a post to DNA Science Blog, Lewis claims that “life” is not only defined by biology, but also “philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, technology, and emotions.” You read that right, somehow a “science writer” is convinced that life is defined by politics and technology, as well as emotions.
I want to begin by pointing out that this question absolutely has a scientificanswer. Embryology textbooks state that a new human organism exists upon formation of a zygote. This organism has a continuous life cycle which will eventually end at death. You, as a human organism, were once a zygote. In a biological sense, that’s when your life began.
So look at how Dr. Lewis begins this article. She quotes a commentator who said, “Um…when life begins is a pretty basic idea in biology,” to which she replies, “Actually, no.” Right off the bat, she denies the possibility that this question has a biological, scientific answer.
She touts her scientific credentials (“I’m the author of an intro college biology textbook called ‘Life,’ my having nabbed that title before Keith Richards did.”), and immediately after claims that the question of when human life begins is “a question not only of biology, but of philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, technology, and emotions.” Yes, emotions. Apparently when human life begins is partly based on how we feel.
She also says that “textbooks list the characteristics of life, leaving interpretation to the reader.”
The group also points out that an embryology book DOES actually indicate when life begins, and doesn’t “leave interpretation to the reader.”
This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being.
The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which two highly specialized cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.
At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun.
Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents thebeginning of a human being.
Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)… The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.
It’s worth noting that Dr. Lewis believes that life truly begins when the baby can successfully live outside of the mother, and not when its heartbeat begins.