March 23rd, 2011
Some of the most impactful pieces of pro-life information we can share are the details of the development of human life in the womb.
In this section, use of the word “baby” has been avoided, because this word presupposes the very thing we’re trying to show—the humanity of the unborn—and we don’t want anyone to tune out the information we’re trying to share.
Of course, there may be times when you’re talking to someone who will respond positively to hearing about “the baby’s heartbeat”; in such a case, you should feel free to modify your language.
Biology is clear that at conception, also known as fertilization, a unique organism comes into existence. Since this new life possesses human DNA and is the offspring of human parents, it can only legitimately be described as human life.
Since there is no question that human zygotes, embryos and fetuses are alive, some have attempted to claim that human beings are not “persons” until some threshold is crossed, such as viability, the capacity to feel pain, birth, or even the first year after birth. The merits of such notions could be debated, but it should be clear that they are not based on science but rather on ideology, philosophy, or belief.