Frankly, I am strongly tempted, particularly whenever the Republican Congress recedes from the field of battle with the current president as though it were the ninety pound weakling, rather than the other way around, I have that refrain constantly in my head: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life…. I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”
Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania.
“[A]fter fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being. ... [This] is no longer a matter of taste or opinion, ... not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence. ... Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.”
Dr. Jerome LeJeune, professor of genetics at the University of Descartes in Paris.
“By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.”
Professor Hymie Gordon, Mayo Clinic.
“It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive…. It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception…. Our laws, one function of which is to help preserve the lives of our people, should be based on accurate scientific data.”
Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth, Harvard University Medical School.
“The beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple and straightforward matter—the beginning is conception. This straightforward biological fact should not be distorted to serve sociological, political, or economic goals.”
Dr. Watson A. Bowes, University of Colorado Medical School.Frankly, the entire Nation ought to have fallen under a kind of cognitive dissonance that such clear, undisputed science existed proving the vital humanity of the unborn offspring of human beings while, at the same time, the Nation’s highest Court offered its own incompetence to answer the question at the heart of a State’s asserted interest in the life of an unborn child.
A hue and cry erupted with the Senate hearings on Senate Bill 258. The record was held open for the addition of opposition statements. An odd juxtaposition became evident.
Do not misunderstand me.