Who Chooses? Essay

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Life or Death: Who Chooses?In Roman times, abortion and the destruction of unwanted children waspermissible, but as out civilization has aged, it seems that such acts wereno longer acceptable by rational human beings, so that in 1948, Canadaalong with most other nations in the world signed a declaration of theUnited Nations promising every human being the right to life. The WorldMedical Association meeting in Geneve at the same time, stated that theutmost respect for human life was to be from the moment of conception. Thisdeclaration was re-affirmed when the World Medical Association met in Osloin 1970. Should we go backwards in our concern for the life of anindividual human being?The unborn human is still a human life and not all the wishfulthinking of those advocating repeal of abortion laws, can alter this. Thoseof us who would seek to protect the human who is still to small to cryaloud for it's own protection, have been accused of having a 19th Centuryapproach to life in the last third of the 20th Century. But who in realityis using arguments of a bygone Century? It is an incontrovertible fact ofbiological science - Make no Mistake - that from the moment of conception,a new human life has been created.Only those who allow their emotional passion to overide theirknowledge, can deny it: only those who are irrational or ignorant ofscience, doubt that when a human sperm fertilizes a human ovum a new humanbeing is created. A new human being who carries genes in its cells thatmake that human being uniquely different from any and other human being andyet, undeniably a member, as we all are, of the great human family. All thefetus needs to grow into a babe, a child, an old man, is time, nutritionand a suitable environment. It is determined at that very moment ofconception whether the baby will be a boy or a girl; which of his parentshe will look like; what blood type he will have. His whole heritage isforever fixed. Look at a human being 8 weeks after conception and you, yesevery person here who can tell the difference between a man and a women,will be able to look at the fetus and tell me whether it is a baby boy or agirl.No, a fetus is not just another part of a women's body like anappendix or appendage. These appendages, these perfectly formed tiny feelbelong to a 10 week developed baby, not to his or her mother.The fetus is distinct and different and has it's own heart beat. Doyou know that the fetus' heart started beating just 18 days after a newlife was created, beating before the mother even knew she was pregnant? By3 months of pregnancy the developing baby is just small enough to be helpin the palm of a man's hand but look closely at this 3 month old fetus. Allhis organs are formed and all his systems working. He swims, he grasps apointer, he moves freely, he excretes urine. If you inject a sweet solutioninto the water around him, he will swallaw because he likes the taste.Inject a bitter solution and he will quit swallowing because he does...

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