Every human life begins at conception. The child before birth is fully human and fully alive. The beginning of every human life is a simple biological fact.:
“At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun.”
Considine, Douglas (ed.) Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976, p.943.
“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception. ”
The late Dr. Jérome Lejeune, genetics professor at the University of Descartes in Paris and discoverer of the Down Syndrome chromosome.
“…The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.”
Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundation of Embryology. 6th ed. New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 1996, p.3.
“Zygote: This cell results from the union of an oocyte and a sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being.”
Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. The Developing Human, 6th ed.: W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1998, p.2.