In Roman times, abortion and the destruction of unwanted children was
permissible, but as out civilization has aged, it seems that such acts were no
longer acceptable by rational human beings, so that in 1948, Canada along with most
other nations in the world signed a declaration of the United Nations promising
every human being the right to life. The World Medical Association meeting in
Geneve at the same time, stated that the utmost respect for human life was to be
from the moment of conception. This declaration was re-affirmed when the World
Medical Association met in Oslo in 1970. Should we go backwards in our concern for
the life of an individual human being?
The unborn human is still a human life and not all the wishful thinking of
those advocating repeal of abortion laws, can alter this. Those of us who would
seek to protect the human who is still to small to cry aloud for it's own
protection, have been accused of having a 19th Century approach to life in the last
third of the 20th Century. But who in reality is using arguments of a bygone
Century? It is an incontrovertible fact of biological science - Make no Mistake -
that from the moment of conception, a new human life has been created.
Only those who allow their emotional passion to overide their knowledge, can
deny it: only those who are irrational or ignorant of science, doubt that when a
human sperm fertilizes a human ovum a new human being is created. A new human being
who carries genes in its cells that make that human being uniquely different from
any and other human being and yet, undeniably a member, as we all are, of the great
human family. All the fetus needs to grow into a babe, a child, an old man, is
time, nutrition and a suitable environment. It is determined at that very moment of
conception whether the baby will be a boy or a girl; which of his parents he will
look like; what blood type he will have. His whole heritage is forever fixed. Look
at a human being 8 weeks after conception and you, yes every person here who can
tell the difference between a man and a women, will be able to look at the fetus
and tell me whether it is a baby boy or a girl.
No, a fetus is not just another part of a women's body like an appendix or
appendage. These appendages, these perfectly formed tiny feel belong to a 10 week
developed baby, not to his or her mother.
The fetus is distinct and different and has it's own heart beat. Do you know