Sanctity of Human Life Part I: I am Pro Choice
I am Pro Choice
I believe that women should have a right to choose what health care they would like to have. They should have the choice of a husband. They should have a choice of where to live and where to work. They should have a choice of how they would like to do their hair and how they would like to look – no one, man or otherwise, should tell her what to do.
Further, I believe that a woman should have the choice of abortion from day one, all the way to the end of her pregnancy. She should be able to choose what happens inside her body, at any time. I believe the issue of abortion really just boils down to a fundamental religious liberty issue; and with that, opinions may vary. I believe women have a fundamental right to privacy. I believe women should have access to tax dollars for abortions to help bridge the gap between the rich and poor. I agree completely with the pro-choicers of the world today, if – with a large focus on “if” – it can be shown that what is inside the women is not human.
I made a choice myself: to launch this blog on “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday”. This will be part one of my arguments against abortion and as my opening suggests, this issue boils down to one thing and one thing only: what is in the mother’s womb? If human, to me, this shuts the door quickly to abortion remaining legal. If it isn’t, what then are we even debating?
This debate is not about choice, nor is it about a woman’s right to privacy (I believe a woman does have a right to privacy): it boils down to whether or not the fetus is human or not. And I believe it is.
Argument from the Medical Field:
“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo developmentn) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”
“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.
“Development begins with fertilization, the process by which the male gamete, the sperm, and the femal gamete, the oocyte, unite to give rise to a zygote.”
T.W. Sadler, Langman’s Medical Embryology, 10th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006. p. 11.
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization (which, incidentally, is not a ‘moment’) is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new genetically distinct human organism is formed when the chromosomes of the male and female pronuclei blend in the oocyte.”
Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Müller, Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 2001. p. 8.
“The term conception refers to the union of the male and female pronuclear elements of procreation from which a new living being develops.”
“The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life.”
J.P. Greenhill and E.A. Friedman, Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1974. pp. 17, 23.
“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception.”
Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni
Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, University of Pennsylvania