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It is no
secret that abortion is one of the most difficult and
polarizing issues facing our country today. Each side
argues its case, but it often seems that we are talking
past each other and the problem remains as intractable
As a pro-lifer,
I believe we can make the most progress by influencing
the views of open-minded people on the pro-choice side.
I think the first step is to address the human life
issue in a friendly and objective way, free of moralizing,
religious overtones and judgmental attitudes. After
all, one person won't necessarily agree with the religious
views of his neighbor and each may have different value
systems and ideas of right and wrong. We all do agree
on one thing, however. It is wrong to take a life. Our
country has laws against doing this. So, then the question:
"Is the unborn child a life"?
an objective framework for talking about the human life
issue, I gathered scientific information from many sources
that lays out the step-by-step development of the unborn
child. In doing so, I was amazed at what science has
learned about this awesome process. In particular, I
had no idea how much development occurs in the early
stages of pregnancy, especially during the first eight
weeks when virtually all of the organs and tissues of
the body are formed.
I have always
been pro-life as a matter of intuition. However, as
I gradually built up the scientific data, its cumulative
impact reinforced my gut feeling that the unborn child
really is a human being from the moment of its conception.
I invite others to consider this information. The sources
for all the information presented below can be found
in the appendices.