For years, scientists, doctors, biologists, ethicists, and the like have studied the question of when life begins. While science was unable to answer this question during the Roe v. Wade court hearings in 1973, that is no longer the case.

It is now a commonly accepted scientific fact that life begins at the moment of fertilization. At the moment when sperm meets egg, it becomes something else entirely – a zygote. A zygote is a name for a stage of development, much like fetus, infant, toddler or teenager. From the moment of its existence, the zygote is:

Distinct

This means the preborn child has a unique code of DNA that is distinct from his/her mother and father. The baby will develop his/her arms, legs, brain, nervous system, heart, and so forth.

Living

Life, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is an “organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction”. The preborn child grows by reproducing cells; turns nutrients into energy through metabolism; and responds to stimuli.

Human

The preborn child is the offspring of humans; it is of the human species. Humans can only produce other humans and not other species.

An Organism

The preborn child is an organism or a living being who needs the right environment and nutrition to develop through the different stages of life.

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