Editor, Gettysburg Times,
In a recent editorial, Michael Cooper-White stated, “The question of when life begins is unlikely to be settled.” I would add that this is true as long as some ignore the findings of medical science. In March 2017, the American College of Pediatricians published this statement: “The predominance of human biological research confirms that human life begins at conception- fertilization. At fertilization, the human being emerges as a whole, genetically distinct, individual zygotic living human organism, a member of the species Homo sapiens, needing only the proper environment in order to grow and develop. The difference between the individual in its adult stage and in its zygotic stage is one of form, not nature.” Professor emeritus of human embryology of the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Dr. C. Ward Kischer, affirms that, “As far as human life per se, it is, for the most part, uncontroversial that life begins at the moment when genetic information contained in the sperm and ovum combine to form a genetically unique cell.”
With the advent of ultrasound technology, we have learned much about the development of the tiny human being in the womb. We know that the baby’s heart beats as early as six weeks, the baby’s eyes, nose, mouth and ears begin to look more refined at seven weeks and arm and leg buds are growing longer. By week nine, all essential baby parts, face, upper lip, nose and eyelids have formed and tiny toes are visible. By week ten, the baby can move its limbs and fingers.
It might be easier to understand someone’s misconception that this is not a developing human being in the “dark ages” when so little of fetology was known. But how can anyone today, especially those who espouse science as their barometer of things true, advocate for abortion? They would have to be blind to facts, deaf to a heartbeat, indifferent to innocent life moving right before their eyes, numb to dismemberment, desensitized to a violent death and callous to crude disposal of human life. They would be, in fact, the ultimate science-deniers.