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Pro-Life: The Science

Introduction

An important part of the abortion nullification argument is the science behind the pro-life position. It is all too often falsely claimed that the pro-life position only rests on subjective beliefs. That could not be further from the truth. Many influential experts in a variety of relevant fields have publicly defended the pro-life position, backed with data and research.

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Index

  1. Life begins at conception
  2. Stem cell research

1. Life begins at conception

41 Quotes From Medical Textbooks Prove Human Life Begins at Conception

2015-01-08 | by Sara Terzo | Life News

The next time a pro-choicer says that no one knows when life begins, refer them here.

Scientific Fact: Human Life Begins at Conception, or Fertilization

2013-11-18 | by Steven Ertelt | Life News | with citations

When it comes to the question of when human life begins, the science is crystal clear: human life begins at conception or fertilization. Americans United for Life, in a legal briefing it has prepared for the Supreme Court, has put together a collection of citations from scientific literature that proves the point.

The citations are reproduced below and they include information from the latest scientific textbooks, papers and medical agencies.

Life begins at conception, science teaches

2013-01-23 | by Sarah Terzo | Live Action News | with citations

Science teaches without reservation that life begins at conception. It is a scientific fact that an organism exists after conception that did not exist before conception. This new organism has its own DNA distinct from the mother and father, meaning that it is neither part of the mother nor part of father. As the embryo grows, it develops a heartbeat (22 days after conception), its own circulatory system, and its own organs. From conception it is a new organism that is alive and will continue to grow and develop as long as nutrition is provided and its life is not ended through violence or illness.

Why life begins at conception

N/D | by Rand Alcorn | NAAPC | with citations

Summary: This article contains quotes from many prominent medical professionals that emphatically defend that life at conception, human individualism, begins at conception.

 

2. Stem cell research

Professor of Neurobiology: Why We Don’t Need Aborted Babies for Life-Saving Research

2015-08-21 | Sarah Zagorski | Life News

Then, Condic tackles the claim that stem cell research is needed for developing vaccines. She writes, “Researchers in the 1960s and ’70s used fetal cells to produce transformed cell lines because, given the limited knowledge at the time, fetal cells were easier to propagate prior to transformation. Yet in the modern world, fetal cells are not required to produce transformed cell lines. Using current technology, adult cells are readily transformed in a similar manner and have identical properties to fetal-derived cell lines.”

Why We Don’t Need Fetal Cells to Conduct Life-Saving Research

2015-08-05 | Maureen L. Condic | National Review

To justify the unsavory practice of utilizing human bodies for valuable parts that are otherwise “bound for the trash,” she puts forward two arguments: 1) there is a “need” for human body parts (fetal stem cells, in particular), and 2) human body parts save lives. Yet both of these statements, as well as the assumption underlying them, are false.