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When Does Life Begin?:

For anyone truly interested in finding the answer to "when does life begin?" we have compiled sufficient information to support a conclusion. The following references illustrate the fact that a new human embryo, the starting point for a human life, comes into existence with the formation of the one-celled zygote:

When Does Life Begin?

"Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote."

  — England, Marjorie A. Life Before Birth. 2nd ed. England: Mosby-Wolfe, 1996, p.31

"Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).

"Fertilization is a sequence of events that begins with the contact of a sperm (spermatozoon) with a secondary oocyte (ovum) and ends with the fusion of their pronuclei (the haploid nuclei of the sperm and ovum) and the mingling of their chromosomes to form a new cell. This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being."

  — Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc, 1988, p.2





There is NO debate within the medical community as to when life begins. In the opinions of the scientic and medical communities, life begins at conception, as is clearly stated in the following texts:




In 1981, a United States Senate judiciary subcommittee received the following testimony from a collection of medical experts (Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, Report, 97th Congress, 1st Session, 1981):

The official Senate report reached this conclusion:

Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being - a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings.

For more information on some of the topics discussed on this page, we recommend:

THE CODE FOR HUMAN LIFE by Frederick T. Zugibe, M.S., M.D., Ph.D., FCAP, FACC, FAAFS

The Definition of Life: Can the fertilized egg be included? A compilation of evidence by Christina Rutten







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