These three senators’ moral red lines confound me. How can anyone, in this day and age, still believe the right to life begins with breathing?
Advanced medical technology now makes it possible to sustain life in people who can’t breathe on their own, whose hearts aren’t beating on their own, and who have no detectable brain activity.
This has made the definition of the end of life a lot more ethically complex.
Should it not also make the definition of the beginning of life more ethically complex?
The fetal heart begins to form just 22 days after fertilization; its beat can be detected about one week later.
Two weeks after that, the fetus has detectable brain activity.
NOTE: When the doctor says “7 weeks, 2 days”, he’s talking about the pregnancy date, which is from LMP – i.e., the first day of the Last Menstrual Period. Fertilization typically happens 14 days after LMP.
Also notice how this doctor is talking to the excited parents about “the baby” and its “head” and its “little tush.” If this were an abortion consultation, he’d be calling it “a clump of cells” or “the products of conception.”
And what about the ethical implications of torture? I remember a lot of people being very upset about waterboarding, which is uncomfortable as hell, but causes no permanent damage. In fact, the photo above was taken of a volunteer allowing the procedure to be performed on him during a protest demonstration. Meanwhile …
- Ethicists debate whether lethal injections are painless enough to morally use to execute convicted criminals;
- Vegans tell us it is evil to drink milk or eat an unfertilized egg; and
- Five states have proposed legislation to ban declawing cats, because some people say it is cruel.
But D&E (aka, dismemberment) abortion is okay?
Above: Father Pavone describes a D&E (dismemberment) abortion.
Below: An abortionist describes how it’s done.
Personally, I think when it comes to important questions like “Is torturing a living creature to death ever moral?” and “When does life begin?”, we should err on the side of caution … unlike the students in this next video, who are on board with the Democrats’ “any time for any reason” excuse for morality.
Science tells us that each of us became a living, growing human being at the moment of conception. As far as I’m concerned, that ought to be when our constitutional right to life should begin.
As for dismemberment abortions, call me crazy, but I just thinking ripping any living being apart is so far beyond wrong that I can’t believe we’re having to discuss it.
While I was researching this, I came across an article that explained (and debunked) the “flash of light” that reportedly, but (sadly) does not actually happen at the moment of conception.
When a sperm enters an egg, zinc is released. Researchers used a chemical and special lights to see the zinc. So that is what is in the photo.