I Don’t “Believe” Life Begins at Conception…

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I know it does.
Rebecca Taylor explains more:

I don’t know how many times I have heard it. Well-meaning Catholics who say, “As a Catholic, I believe life begins at conception.” I have decided that my mission in life is to correct this miscommunication because it is that very line that lets everyone who is not Catholic dismiss everything we have to say about stem cell research, cloning and reproductive technologies.

We Catholics do not “believe” life begins at conception, also called fertilization. We instead know that it does because it is a cold hard fact of nature that a new, distinct, human organism, identifiable by his or her unique DNA, is created at the completion of fertilization. That is not a belief. That is a fact.

A fact bolstered by embryology:

“Although human life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed.” (O’Rahilly, Ronan and Müller, Fabiola. Human Embryology and Teratology, 2nd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1996, p. 8 )

Even a secular children’s book on human reproduction from my local library is clear:

“But nine months before, when you first began, you were just one little cell, even smaller than the dot at the end of this sentence. Half of this cell came from your mother’s body, and the other half came from your father’s body.”

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A reader writes: “I cannot imagine a more eloquent statement of the subject. Rebecca’s article is amazing. I hope other readers pass it on.” Indeed it is and I hope you will pass it on as well!

One Comment on “I Don’t “Believe” Life Begins at Conception…”

  1. I hate to go all materialist on you, but since you’re happy defining Homo sapiens in strictly materialist terms, I have to ask:

    My rent agreement for the RV park I live in includes me paying $20 a month for my dog. If she got knocked up last night by another Canus lupus familiaris (or even a Canus lupus–it’s tough neighborhood)(didn’t happen–she’s neutered), and there’s a Canus blastocyst setting up camp in her, am I lying when I say I only have one dog?

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