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Is a Human Zygote an Organism?

Discussion in 'House of Debates' started by fedor50, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. palerider

    palerider Well-Known Member

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    The court that decided roe was very careful to never refer to unborns as human beings...they always referred to unborns as potential human beings even though the science even at that time was crystal clear that unborns were, in fact human beings....the US Code at that time defined person as "a human being" just as all of the law dictionaries at the time.
     
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    Hello,
    That was a very good debate. Can you tell my in a simple way how to explain to pro-choice people that a zygote is an organism?
    The pro-life won as usual.
     
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    Old_Trapper70 Well-Known Member

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    You can't. In any debate with a pro-choice person I have ever have they will refer to the Courts as their source, not the science. Although Princeton is not a pro-life bastion, these articles present the argument quite well:

    https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/wdhbb.html

    https://www.princeton.edu/~prolife/articles/embryoquotes2.html
     
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    After penetration of the egg by a sperm the male and female DNA sort of uncoil and recoil together. At that point in time the yet to be born human's DNA is set in chemical stone. A geneticist could tell you the gender, hair and eye color, tall or short, athletic or academic, whether or not the genes indicate sickle cell anemia or alzheimers, Downs syndrome, and a whole bunch more.
    My opinion is that life begins when the mom and dad DNA unite. The new DNA molecule immediately begins rapid division and is very much alive. The DNA blueprint for the yet to be born human is complete.
    Just because the baby is not yet born does not mean it is not alive.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    It's a unique organism even if an identical twin.
     
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    Old_Trapper70 Well-Known Member

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    The process of growth even from the doubling of cellular content is life.
     
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