Human Life: From Conception On, the Image of God
April 28, 2016

Every new life begins at conception. This is an irrefutable fact of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. When considered alongside the law of biogenesis—that every species reproduces after its own kind—we can draw only one conclusion in regard to abortion. No matter what the circumstances of conception, no matter how far along in the pregnancy, abortion always ends the life of an individual human being. Every honest abortion advocate concedes this simple fact.

Even your heroes at Planned Parenthood readily admit that abortion kills a human being, and those in the abortion industry have confirmed over and over that the victim imagery we display is an accurate representation of the consequences of the very act you defend (really though..what do you think it’s going to like?).

In a booklet entitled “Plan Your Children for Health and Happiness” put out by Planned Parenthood, they state: “An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun.” In another booklet, entitled “ABC’s of Birth Control” they say “One sperm joins one egg = baby.”

Abortionist Martin Haskell stated in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 28, 1999, that “When or how the fetus dies is of no real consequence.” Another abortionist from Milwaukee put it this way: “We know that it is killing but the State permits killing under certain circumstances.”

Abortion rights activist Antonia Senior freely admits, “Yes, abortion is killing. But it’s the lesser evil” and ” The nearly 200,000 aborted babies in the UK each year are the lesser evil, no matter how you define life, or death, for that matter.”

The clump of cells line is uninformed rhetoric at best, it is misinformation designed to preserve a multi-billion dollar industry and a promiscuous, self centered lifestyle, and it is pure intellectual dishonesty.

Scientists can tell when something is alive, and they can tell what species it is. You are merely obfuscating if you attempt to deny the humanity of the unborn child.

The assertion that it is not possible to scientifically claim that the fetus is a child is nothing less than absurd. Any medical or biology textbook will contradict this statement. The basic, textbook definition of “life” is something that grows and will have the ability to reproduce at some point in its life, barring some sort of defect.

To present a more advanced list of criteria:

  1. Cellular organization
  2. Reproduction
  3. Genetic code
  4. Growth
  5. Metabolization
  6. Homeostasis
  7. Adaptability

By even the strictest scientific definition, “feti” are alive as they meet all of these criteria.  Again, scientists can tell when something is alive, and they can tell what species it is. To continue to deny the humanity of the preborn undermines your credibility greatly.

Now, to address a common related pro-abortion claim – that of germs and period as being similar to abortion, I would like to point out that although life is being lost here, it is not human life as in the case of abortion. The product of reproduction is of the same type as its progenitors, and thus the life produced via human sexual reproduction is a human.

What we have above proven by scientific means, the Christian has already gleaned from scripture.  James 2:26 tells us “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” Although the main point of this verse is not that the body without the spirit is dead, it is making a comparison to this apparently obvious fact. The assertion is that if a body is alive, then the spirit is present. Abortions are obtained BECAUSE the baby’s body is alive, and is growing. If the body inside a woman’s body were dead, the woman would not consider surgical or chemical removal of the baby’s body, because her own body would naturally purge the uterus of the dead baby’s body.

If cells are reproducing, if there is motor activity in those cells, then that baby’s body is alive. And, based on James 2:26, if the body is alive, then the human spirit, that which is in the image of God, is present in the body.

The second biblical argument that presents a solid case for life at conception is found in Luke chapter one, verses 24 through 44. In Luke 1, there are two persons, both in utero, and both at vastly different ages since conception.When Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy with John the Baptist, an angel visited Mary and told her she would conceive Jesus. The angel says to Mary that the Holy Spirit will visit her – he had not yet visited her. At that moment of the saying, she was not yet pregnant with Jesus. Then Mary left the presence of the angel and went with haste to the hill country to Elizabeth, who was dwelling in a city of Judah – a district south of Jerusalem, with Hebron being the city at the center of it. Mary was dwelling in the city of Nazareth, north of Hebron by at least 80 miles. Scholars estimate a journey in that era to be of 3 to 4 days duration. So if Mary went with haste, she presumably started the journey soon after the angel’s visit, and thus almost immediately after conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Since she journeyed with haste, she probably arrived at Elisabeth’s house within a week of conception. In a normal pregnancy, conception happens as the egg travels down a Fallopian tube. Then, within a week of conception in the Fallopian tube, the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. During that week, the baby is multiplying cells at a phenomenal rate, starting with two cells, and rapidly expanding to 8, 16, hundreds, then thousands. The baby’s body is alive and growing rapidly.  Mary then arrives at Elizabeth’s house, where we are told “the baby leaped in her womb”, speaking of the reaction of John the Baptist to the presence of Jesus (both in utero at this point).  

By these passages, we see two main things. First, John, six months along in the womb of Elizabeth, was cognizant of the presence of Jesus and leaped. Second, Mary is pregnant and is declared to be a mother by Elizabeth, and more specifically mother of the Lord. In case you missed that, this means that the Lord was already accounted as present within the womb of Mary. All that, within the first week of conception. What that confirms is that people are people from the moment of conception. Fully human, fully persons,  from conception on, as taught in the Bible and confirmed through biology.

As such, EVERY abortion is the murder of an image bearer of almighty God. All human abortion should be abolished to protect these innocent human beings and to comply with the laws of God.

Additional resources:

Argument from analogy.

Argument from the wider “right to life”.

Argument from medical science.

Argument from development.

Argument related to the nature of humanity.