To: Hank Kerchief
One more time, Hank: when conception occurs, an individual human life begins; a second individual human life can begin at a later moment, 'conceived' from the already existing individual human life, and subsequent development will differentiate the two individual human lives. That a second or even third individual human life may arise from the first conceived individual life is not in embryological doubt and the close identity (but not exact duplication) of the two or three so conceived lends credence to the opposite of what you're trying to assert. The article DID address this, but you must have read so fast that you missed it. Also, I think this man's competence and educational level in the discipline makes him imminently qualified to answer the issues; the PC bias of the 'lusting for more embryos to experiment with' colleagues is evident in their lack of coherent response to the completely valid issues addressed by this man, and their combined lack of coherent response only proves their bias since the textbooks of Embryology fully support the man not the lusting colleagues.
posted on 01/04/2003 9:02:26 PM PST
...when conception occurs, an individual human life begins...
When conception occurs, no new life occurs. Both the egg and sperm were both alive before conception, and those two lives merge into one. What that new single life will become is at that moment undetermined, because it might not survive at all if it is not implanted, or if it should itself be defective, or ... there are an infinite number of things that can prevent that zygote from becoming anything else.
If everything goes right, the fertilized egg will eventually develop into a human being, which it becomes at birth. This is the reason we determine a persons age based on the date of their birth, not the date of their conception.
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