When does human life begin?

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Trojilicous

May 18, 2008 7:10am

The tricky thing about this question is that people tend to interpret "life" differently, and each of those options carries baggage and moral implications for some people that it doesn't carry for others.

For me, for example, I interpet the word "life" in a purely biological sense. So, once cells are present, and are presumably dividing, you've got a living thing. Hence, life starts at conception.

But, in a lot of cases, people hear "life" and they think soul, intellect, personality, or humanlikeness. The pro-life movement's main slogan is, "life begins at conception."

So, the problem is, the way I answered the question potentially makes me look like a pro-lifer, when I'm not.

 

 

firebird8

May 18, 2008 7:30am

The cells, before they separated to become a separate entity (whenever you determine that to have become a separate entity), were alive - life is an unbroken chain from the past stretching back to whenever the ancestors of humanity started reproducing in this way.

The question "when does life begin" presumes that non-existence transforms into life, or that the inorganic becomes organic, and this is simply not the case.  At no point does "life begin".  Life as a separate individual human starts at some point, however, and that is worth debate.

calandale1

May 18, 2008 9:23am

Somewhere around nine years old,

before that, things are discontinuous.

 

At least for me.

DarthJesse

May 18, 2008 11:45am

When mommy and daddy kick you out of the house.

monickerks

May 18, 2008 11:59am

Trojilicous:

For me, for example, I interpet the word "life" in a purely biological sense. So, once cells are present, and are presumably dividing, you've got a living thing. Hence, life starts at conception.

 

Well the sperm and the egg come from cell divisions themselves, don't they?  Certainly some believe that "spilling seed" is a damnable offense.

 

Awesome-ness

May 18, 2008 7:47pm

I've just decided, now I'm celebrating 2 birthdays, the one on the day I was born, and one for the day my fertilisation begun. awesome !

BMWHRD2

May 18, 2008 7:54pm

I think I side with what the Jews believe on this issue, that the fetus isn't viable until it gets it's Doctorate of Medicine.

Tindytim

May 18, 2008 7:57pm

I consider life to be Human Life at the time of Self-awareness.

rogen

May 18, 2008 8:38pm

How about this:

A human is a human as soon as it's concieved. A human is a person only when someone agrees to introduce it into human society.

Thus if a mother wants to chuck her newborn baby into the ocean, then that's her right. Just like if she wanted to chuck newborn kittens into the ocean. It's fucked up, but unless you're going to take care of those kittens or raise that baby, then you have no grounds for stopping her.

calandale1

May 18, 2008 8:57pm

Drowning kittens is hilarious.

ishqboli

May 18, 2008 9:28pm

the world's overpopulated as it is. as soon as we develop the best birth control ever, let's just rule out procreating and start adopting.

i'm gonna adopt lots of bebes... assuming i have the money... they's expensive!

Tindytim

May 18, 2008 9:42pm

Apparently, it begins sometime after people decide to abort.

Funny how that works out for them.


Huh? are you trying to make some statment here? when do you believe human life begins?
ishqboli

May 18, 2008 9:47pm

oh no! here it comes...

sing_le

May 23, 2008 2:50pm

Life began once .The reproduction of individual organisms doesn't rise to the level of "life beginning",and the distinctness of individuals from one another is a gradual process with no defined moment of beginning,though it is irresponsible to attribute personhood prior to birth.

"rule out procreating and start adopting"...with procreation ruled out who would there be to adopt?

(I want to procreate but would never adopt).

BMWHRD2

May 23, 2008 3:05pm

The fetus isn't human or alive until it moves out.

 

Edit:  Oh damn, already used a variation of this in this thread.  Carry on.

cort_dizzle

May 23, 2008 3:09pm

BMWHRD2:

I think I side with what the Jews believe on this issue, that the fetus isn't viable until it gets it's Doctorate of Medicine.

 

lmao

fabricated_SI

May 23, 2008 3:10pm

the question isn't when life ebgins, life is constant, the question is what form of human life is okay to kill.

Thogar

May 23, 2008 3:15pm

the question is what form of human life is okay to kill.

WOMEN AND FOREIGNS

Argh, sorry.  Time to take my medicine, methinks.

fabricated_SI

May 23, 2008 3:17pm

^obviously pro-life. heh

RandomGod

May 23, 2008 3:36pm

"The tricky thing about this question is that people tend to interpret "life" differently" Hrmm... I thought the tricky point was that some people would consider "human" differently. Life, clearly, began thousands of years previous to conception.

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