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"That which is human at one point in its life is human at all points in its life." Pope John Paul II

"At the dawn of salvation, it is the birth of a child which is proclaimed as joyful news." Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)

Human Life

Basic science confirms that human life begins at the moment of conception.

At the moment of fertilization a new single cell is created.  The sperm's nucleus (the nucleus contains the DNA) joins with the egg's nucleus, each nucleus contributing 23 chromosomes, to form a unified new cell with a full set of 46 human chromosomes.  The DNA within the chromosomes governs the growth and development of this single cell into a mature human being.  Also, at the moment of conception, all the physical features of the new person are determined: sex, eye color, facial features, and more.  This single cell is a human being at the beginning of life.

From the moment of conception the microscopic human grows rapidly, requires nutrients, and one day may reproduce.  This is the biological definition of life: that which grows, eats, and can reproduce.

Human beings grow and develop rapidly from conception until early childhood.  Proof of this is the profound difference in development between a 1-month-old baby and a 5-year-old child and a 30-year-old adult and a 35-year-old adult.  The 1-month-old baby cannot even roll over from his back to his chest but the 5-year-old is in kindergarten, playing and learning; on the contrary, there is practically no difference between a 30-year-old and a 35-year-old.

The earlier the stage of human life the more robust is human growth and development.  Human development is the most rapid from conception through the 3rd month of pregnancy.  During this time the majority of the human body is formed.

The time every human being spends within his/her mother is a time of fantastic growth and development.  At no other time in our lives do we develop at such a rapid pace.

Documents

Respect for Human Life, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) by Pope John Paul II

Instruction on Respect for Human Life by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Priests for Life

 

Fetal Development

Priests for Life

LifeSite.com

 

Abortion

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy.  The purpose of an abortion is to stop the development of a human being in order to prevent birth.  This is done by terminating the life of the developing unborn human being.

The method of ending the life of the unborn person depends upon the person's level of physical development.  In early pregnancy, abortion methods range from stopping implantation in the uterus, to causing the release of an implanted human being from the uterus by taking a high dose of hormones.

If human development is more advanced the only method of terminating the life of the unborn person is surgical abortion.  The methods range from scraping the uterus lining in order to remove the unborn person from the uterus, to physically ripping apart the unborn person and removing the pieces.

Another abortion method used is called partial-birth abortion.  This method involves inducing birth and after everything but the head of the baby is delivered, a needle is put into the baby's head and a suction device is used to remove the baby's brain.  The major abortion providers such as the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood are contesting the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban signed by President George W. Bush on November 5, 2003.

Abortion has also led to infanticide.  Nurses reported to Congress that they observed doctors drown newborn babies because they failed to kill the baby.  This resulted in the Born Alive Infants' Protection Act, signed by President George W. Bush on August 5, 2002.

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Pro-Life Sites

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Abortion Pictures and Video

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Abortion Ends A Human Life

Abortion kills a human being.  It doesn't matter what moment during pregnancy the abortion occurs.  It stops/ends/kills a living, growing, and developing human being.  The life that was in its phase of rapid and accelerated growth ends and will never start again.  That unique and unrepeatable human life is gone forever.

Abortion is the greatest mass destruction of human life that the world has ever known.  In the United States alone, approximately 1,300,000 abortions occur every year.  Abortion not only kills human beings but it gravely injures the lives of the women who have abortions.

The United States Government must secure the rights it was instituted to protect; the right to life being the first and most important.  Human life must be protected during all of its stages; from the moment of conception until natural death.

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