To: Mrs. Don-o
Well, there's some scientific uncertainty as to when human life began, --- I lean towards 1,750,000 years ago in the Olduvai Gorge in eastern Africa. However there is no debate that human life is transmitted to a new generation every time a human ovum is successfully fertilized by a human sperm.
The real question is, when does a human soul attach. That is an unanswerable question scientifically. All we know is that it is some time AT, or after, fertilization and before or at nervous system connection. It can't be answered with any more specificity than that and therefore the benefit of the doubt must go to the earliest possible. This is the only way you can apply logic to this question.
posted on 08/27/2008 10:17:13 AM PDT
"The real question is, when does a human soul attach. That is an unanswerable question scientifically."
I don't see how that's the real question which must be answered to determne when "human rights" begin --- in the legal sense.
Inasmuch as the soul is a regarded as a supernatural entity, it has, and should have, no status in law, any more than angels or demons have status in law. Neither is God, of course, subject to human law.
However, to the extent that "soul" is a kind of stand-in term for "life," --- in other words, when it s used in a non-supernatural way ---- certainly applying the principles of embryology will enable us to make the determination that an embryo is a living human organism.
Law and government have no business making any ruling on spiritual matters, per se. They can rule only on what can be naturally investigated.
".. the benefit of the doubt must go to the earliest possible. This is the only way you can apply logic to this question."
This is true. This is why every human individual (of whatever age or stage in life) must be presumed to be a legal person.
posted on 08/27/2008 11:25:56 AM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
("No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." Mark Twain, 1866)
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