Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science

    Although it is backed most strongly by those with an affinity for the secular, objective values of modern science, it was science that led to the creation of state laws against abortion in the nineteenth century. Advances in medical technology and knowledge led physicians to understand that life begins at conception, not at the point at which the pregnant woman can feel the baby kick (usually 18-21 weeks gestation). The point of “quickening”—referring to life—was originally a religious theory that saw God infusing the fetus with a life-bearing soul. It was thought that the baby was not yet alive until the woman felt internal flutters or kicks. Biological knowledge corrected the theory and identified the existence of human life at the point of conception. For this reason, the American Medical Association began encouraging the protection of unborn babies from the very beginning of development. Sadly, by the 1960s, the AMA joined the ABA in rejecting science and embracing injustice.
The above is but one of the "many ironies in the movement for legalized abortion," explained by Jeff Taylor — The Lost Children.

An old post of mine reminded us that "the facts have been known for more than a hundred and thirty years" — This Was Settled By a Zoologist, Not by a Pope . This truth was stumbled upon by the ancients; The Hippocratic Oath obliges doctors to "perform the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abortion that deliberately takes a unique human life." Any speculation that life begins at some time other than conception is subjective, and therefore unscientific.

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

An interesting side note is that, just as abortion is one of the chief pillars of the Eugenics movement that grew out of Darwinism and given its blessing by him in "The Descent of Man", the discover of mammalian fertilization, Oskar Hertwig is also known for writing a book refuting the chance aspect that is the central element of Darwinism. His book on the subject was "The Origin of Organisms - a Refutation of Darwin's Theory of Chance"

Can't seem to find a publisher for it on Amazon, and a quick google search doesn't locate it either. I'd like to find it.

5:49 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for reminder on Darwinism and Eugenics, but especially for the info on Hertwig. The pieces come together...

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Also interesting, and somewhat more available on Amazon, are his proposals on what has come to be known as "epigenetics" (a link to the entry for which is on his Wikipedia page).

That, interestingly enough, is coming to be a growing topic in the popular media, though I must admit I haven't really followed the spin on it.

7:54 AM  

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