"I think, then, that the question is when does life begin? Well, when does it? I don't know, but I do know that when a fetus emerges from a womb, either by force or by natural means, and that fetus resembles a person, that's probably when life begins." - catherineThe two cells, sperm and egg, are "alive" before they even merge. If they respire and do cell stuff, metabolize, etc. they are alive. They were even "alive" while they were inside the man and woman's bodies even before intercourse. A little part of her and a little part of him. They were alive way before they emerge from the woman's body. The question is when were they a separate, unique, individual? I'd argue that from the moment of conception it was a separate, unique, individual. It was predestined to be a person. Time is an illusion by the way. The way we look at it is pretty much wrong. If quantum physics is correct everything is happening at once. Abortion? A necessary evil. Something that is icky and distasteful and I really have a hard time figuring out how any doctor that has taken the Hippocratic oath can do it. As far as I'm concerned the only time abortion is morally "okay" is when the mother's life is in danger. Perhaps if the baby is really messed up physically and is going to die at birth than that might be okay too. But as a general rule I find abortion creepy and distasteful. Perhaps abortion is just another way for us to experience duality and separation? Art
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