Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) -- The Denver Post came out against Amendment 48 with an editorial on Monday that challenges the personhood amendment. However, the newspaper gets its facts wrong when it attempts to make the case that scientists say human life begins at implantation, rather than conception.
The amendment would define the beginning of human life as the point of conception and have potential ramifications for abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
"Medical and scientific experts set the start of pregnancy at the point a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus," the paper contends.
However, that's not the case.
Dr. Jerome Lejeune, an internationally-known geneticist credited with discovering the cause of Down syndrome, told the U.S. Senate in 1981 that scientists agree human life begins at conception.
"Modern biology teaches us that ancestors are united to their progeny by a continuous material link, for it is from the fertilization of the female cell (the ovum) by the male cell (the spermatozoa) that a new member of the species will emerge," he said.
"Life has a very, very long history but each individual has a very neat beginning: the moment of its conception," the famed scientist added.
Dr. Hymie Gordon, the former chairman of the Department of Genetics at the Mayo Clinic, agrees, and says, "By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception."
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"Our prayers have been answered. Both sides have united and are working together to bring Lauren home," said Randy Richardson, father of Lauren Richardson, a 23 year-old Delaware woman who suffered brain damage after a heroin overdose in 2006. In a stunning change of events that has caused jubilation among local pro-lifers, Randy and Lauren’s mother have agreed to remove Lauren from the Arbors Rehabilitation Center in New Castle in order to "put her into a regiment of therapy," according to Randy, who adds, "things have worked out for Lauren and we give the glory to God."
Bess McAneny, president of the Delaware Pro-life Coalition, who facilitated pro-life, legal, and personal contacts with the Richardson family for the past two years, is thrilled with the news. "This is a blessing from God and I’d like to thank everyone for their prayers and sacrifices and urge them to continue to pray for Lauren’s healing."
Lauren has been the focus of months of prayer vigils to save her life which was threatened by a court order to remove her feeding tube. Local churches and groups, including Priests for Life, kept vigil at the sidewalk outside the rehab facility. Inside, Randy, his sister and mother and other family members kept a round-the-clock vigil at her bedside. They also observed state-of-the-art "movement therapy" at other facilities and believe Lauren, who is not on any "life support" machines, would greatly benefit from such therapy. The pro-life community rejoices with Randy, Lauren, and their entire family in this important break-through. As Bess McAneny many times observed, "The Richardson family is a testament to unconditional love and perseverance.".................