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An Apologetic of Life


To be sure, there is a biblical case for defending the sanctity of life. Scripture is full of reminders that human beings are made in the image of God: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5).

But in recent years, scientific advances have reaffirmed the pro-life position. Pro-life apologist and frequent Focus on the Family Broadcast guest, Scott Klusendorf, shares the following:

The pro-life argument can be put formally as follows:
Premise 1: It is morally wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being.

Premise 2: Abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being.

Conclusion: Abortion is morally wrong.

The science of embryology establishes that from the earliest stages of development, the unborn are distinct, living and whole human beings. They are distinct. (Meaning they are not part of another human being.) They are living. (Dead things don’t grow!) And they are whole. (Sure, they have yet to grow and mature, but the kind of thing they are is not in question.) Human parents produce human offspring.

Leading embryology textbooks affirm this. For example, in The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, Keith L. Moore and T.V.N. Persaud write: “A zygote is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or ***** … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”

T.W. Sadler’s Langman’s Medical Embryology states that the development of a human begins with fertilization, in which the male ***** and the female oocyte “unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.”

Embryologists Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Müller write in Human Embryology and Teratology, “Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed.”

Telling the truth

Many contemporary defenders of abortion agree that we can know when life begins.

For example, in his book Practical Ethics, Princeton University bioethicist Peter Singer – a supporter of both abortion and infanticide – writes: “Whether a being is a member of given species is something that can be determined scientifically, by an examination of the nature of the chromosomes in the cells of living organisms. In this sense, there is no doubt that from the first moments of its existence an embryo conceived from human ***** and eggs is a human being.”

That elective abortion kills a living human being is actually conceded by many who perform and defend the practice.

Dr. Warren Hern, author of Abortion Practice – the medical textbook that teaches abortion procedures – told a Planned Parenthood conference: “We have reached a point in this particular technology [D&E abortion] where there is no possibility of denying an act of destruction. It is before one’s eyes. The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current.”

Simply put, support for the pro-life position is strong.

The science of embryology affirms the humanity of the unborn.

Contemporary defenders of abortion concede the inhumanity of the procedure.

You can move forward in defending life with confidence!

Robyn Chambers
Sanctity of Human Life Director, Focus on the Family