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Person 1: Nobody knows when life begins. Person 2 (our hero): I’m not sure I understand. Are you talking about the beginning of a biological organism? Or the beginning of a valuable person?

We Know When Life Begins

This is an important clarification question. Some well-meaning pro-life advocates only focus on the fact that a fetus is biologically alive, but that’s not always helpful. Sometimes people say “life” to mean “the life of a person”, and we need to be prepared to give an argument that every member of the human species is a valuable person.

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Person 1: Life doesn’t begin at conception. Life is continuous, it began ages ago! Person 2 (our hero): True, life on Earth has been around a long time. But, e.g., you and I have only been around for a couple of decades. I think the beginning of each individual new living organism, like you and me, is significant.Person 1 (our hero): When would you say life begins? Person 2: Hm… 12 weeks after fertilization. Person 1 (our hero): Okay. If you don’t mind, could you explain your reasoning? What do you think is the crucial change at that point?Person 1: Fetuses aren’t alive yet. Person 2 (our hero): I’m not sure I understand. Are you saying that a fetus isn’t biologically alive? Or are you saying a fetus isn’t yet a valuable person?Person 1: So that’s why I’m pro-choice. Person 2 (our hero): Thanks for explaining. I think I get it, but I want to make sure I understand your view correctly. Let me ask a couple questions to clarify.
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