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Abortion: Life? Choice? Right? Abortion: Life? Choice? Right? Secular Arguments Against Abortion Secular Arguments Against Abortion Richard Deem Evidence for God ( www.GodAndScience.org )
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Secular Arguments Against Secular Arguments Against Abortion? Abortion? Rich Deem – the agnostic Libertarians for Life (L4L.org) – atheists A Secular Case Against Abortion by Jennifer Roth – secular humanist (http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/ debates/secularist/abortion/roth1.html) Feminists for Life (feministsforlife.org) – non-sectarian
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Why Should We Try to Why Should We Try to Persuade? Persuade? 1999 Gallup Poll on Abortion Opinion nearly split Prolife (42%) Prochoice (48%) Undecided (10%) Strongly Prolife (29%) Strongly Prochoice (26%) No strong opinion (45%) Only ~50% feel strongly either way Nearly half have no strong opinion (i.e., can be persuaded)
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Abortion Arguments Abortion Arguments Scientific considerations Human Embryology 101 When does human life begin? Legal Issues Is the unborn a person? Are the laws logically consistent? Moral Issues When does a person begin to exist?
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Scientific Arguments Scientific Arguments When does human life begin? When does human life begin? Medical textbooks Medical textbooks Statements of doctors Statements of doctors When does abortion occur? When does abortion occur? Products of conception” – just a Products of conception” – just a “blob of tissue” “blob of tissue”
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Medical Embryology Medical Embryology Textbooks Textbooks The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology "Zygote: this cell results from the union of an oocyte and a sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo). Human development begins at fertilization… This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique
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Medical Embryology Medical Embryology Textbooks Textbooks Essentials of Human Embryology “In this text, we begin our description of the developing human with the formation and differentiation of the male and female sex cells or gametes, which will unite at fertilization to initiate the embryonic development of a new individual.”
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Medical Embryology Medical Embryology Textbooks Textbooks “Fertilization is an important landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed…”
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What Do Medical Doctors Say? What Do Medical Doctors Say? Dr. Alfred Bongioanni (University of Pennsylvania): “I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception.” Dr. Jerome LeJeune (University of Descartes): “after fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being.”
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What Do Medical Doctors Say? What Do Medical Doctors Say?
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