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Threats to Life at the Earliest Stages (Email Version)

Threats to Life at the Earliest Stages (Email Version)

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Published by: Robert Colquhoun on Oct 28, 2011
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Pro-Life Conference, Ealing Abbey, 15
October 2011
Threats to Life at its Earliest Stages
Life begins at conception
“The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process
by which two highly specialised cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism,
the zygote.” 
 (Langman, Jan.
Medical Embryology 
. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williamsand Wilkins, 1975, p. 3)
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical 
landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed....The embryo now exists 
as a genetic unity.” 
 (O'Rahilly, Ronan and Müller, Fabiola.
Human Embryology &Teratology 
. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, pp. 8, 29.)
Different approaches to how
we view the embryo
No special status whatsoeverA gradualist approachFull respect as a human being

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