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Misconceptions: When Does Life Begin?

My name is Liliana Zamora, and I am a staff writer for Rehumanize International currently living in Utah. I’ve been pro-life for most of my life and as I grew older, I quickly realized that there are many misconceptions on when life begins. Some people believe that life begins at birth or that the determination of the beginning of a human being’s life is simply unknown.

Here at Rehumanize International we believe the following, as stated on our page on the Consistent Life Ethic: “In order to qualify for human rights, you must simply be human.” So, when does “being human” begin?

A quick internet search on when life begins will clearly show you the accurate answer: at fertilization. While this fact is solely based on science, many people, even those in high places of power, still deny this glaringly obvious truth.

A reference list available through Princeton University’s website includes excerpts from multiple published scientific texts on when life begins. You can find many educational excerpts from these texts, including the following from Life Before Birth stating, "Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote."

Even though science clearly proves life begins at fertilization, many ordinary people, politicians, doctors, and pro-abortion advocates wrongly argue that it is not clear when life begins.

As I stated before, I am currently living in Utah, where a majority of citizens identify as pro-life. However, I inevitably come across many advocates for abortion in this state.

Recently, there was a specific bill to be heard by Utah’s judiciary committee for legislators to vote on. I had emailed all Utah legislators to vote “yes” on this specific bill that would restrict access to abortion even further in Utah. Soon after, I received an email response from Rep. Brian S. King, House District 23, who, in short, told me he would not support this bill. Rep. King said in his email, “I know that many believe the fertilized egg as it develops in utero is no different from a Constitutional or religious perspective than the life of the mother. I disagree with that.” King fails to recognize that simply disagreeing with a proven fact does not void that fact. Sure, we can all have our own opinions but the truth remains the truth. And that specific bill passed the committee and is currently on the Utah House floor despite some legislators, such as King, denying science.

The determination of the beginning of life is not simply up to opinions to define. Science itself proves to us that human life begins at fertilization. Therefore, every human from the beginning of fertilization to natural death is entitled to human rights.

When the world shouts their vague lies of when life begins, we must respond with the clear and bold truth: life begins at fertilization and is worth protecting. We should always fight to protect life from the beginning to the end even when pro-violence individuals and groups, including politicians, tell us it’s a matter of opinion when life begins.

Will you choose to be a bold voice for life from fertilization to death? I know the pro-abortion side can be deceitfully convincing, especially when they invoke grand emotions, but we must stay on the side of truth.

Stand firm against misconceptions and educate yourself on the truth, so when challenged, you hold steady and rightfully defend life. Remember, “In order to qualify for human rights, you must simply be human.”


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