This one scientific fallacy was used to condemn 42 million unborn children to death worldwide just last year.
Every time I watch a science program about the possibility that life exists on some other planet or moon in this solar system I take careful note of how the scientists in that program define the type of life they are looking for. Most often they are for looking for very primitive one-celled organisms such as bacteria. In my mind I immediately compare the fundamental nature of that simple potential alien life with fundamental nature of an unborn child. I cannot fathom how a certain segment of the scientific community, a great many medical professionals, and so many elected officials maintain the mistaken scientific belief that an unborn child is not alive. This article from Townhall titled Life on Mars But Not in the Womb? expresses the same frustration and disbelief that I do.
We have spent half a century, billions of dollars, and countless man-hours struggling to find something, anything, that we can call LIFE on Mars. We’ve spent about that much annihilating pre-born life on Earth with our half a billion-dollar check to Planned Parenthood every year. So what kind of psychotic disconnect do we have that allows us to get excited about gaseous “life” on Mars but ignore every scientific fact that states human fetuses are life on Earth? We strain to find any kind of living particle or cell light-years away but bend over backwards on Earth trying to ignore it in the womb.
The author ot the article goes on to make this powerful argument
Words are one of mankind’s most lethal weapons. If all that is needed to justify the termination of human beings with sharp tools and serrated vacuums is to rename death “healthcare” and “choice,” more lives will end as abortionists experience no consequences for building a gruesome business.
Meanwhile, our schizophrenic society claims that abortion is permitted because a pre-born baby is not a living person while following the Mars explorations for signs of life like an interstellar soap opera. Someone must explain why gas is a sign of life, but a beating heart is open to interpretation. It’s the height of intellectual discontinuity and hypocrisy to claim respect for science while ignoring basic embryology.
If unborn children were discovered on another world would they be considered alive? Here is a definition I found on a NASA.Gov webpage called Life’s Working Definition: Does It Work?
Living things tend to be complex and highly organized. They have the ability to take in energy from the environment and transform it for growth and reproduction. Organisms tend toward homeostasis: an equilibrium of parameters that define their internal environment. Living creatures respond, and their stimulation fosters a reaction-like motion, recoil, and in advanced forms, learning. Life is reproductive, as some kind of copying is needed for evolution to take hold through a population’s mutation and natural selection. To grow and develop, living creatures need foremost to be consumers, since growth includes changing biomass, creating new individuals, and the shedding of waste.
To qualify as a living thing, a creature must meet some variation for all these criteria.
In the womb an unborn child meets all of these criteria except reproduction. That does not disqualify an unborn child from being alive because human children do not develop physically enough to reproduce until around 12 years after birth.
I found this explanation of why unborn children are alive on the website MCCL.ORG, The page is The unborn is a human being: What science teaches about unborn children
Why the unborn is a human being
When a sperm successfully fertilizes an oocyte (egg), a new cell, called a zygote, is generated by their union. The zygote represents the first stage in the life of a human being. This individual, if all goes well, develops through the embryonic (first eight weeks) and fetal (eight weeks until birth) periods and then through infancy, childhood, and adolescence before reaching adulthood.
Four characteristics of the unborn human (the zygote, embryo, or fetus) are important:
Distinct. The unborn has a DNA and body distinct from her mother and father. She develops her own arms, legs, brain, nervous system, heart, and so forth.
Living. The unborn meets the biological criteria for life. She grows by reproducing cells. She turns nutrients into energy through metabolism. And she can respond to stimuli.
Human. The unborn has a human genetic signature. She is also the offspring of human parents, and humans can only beget other humans.
Organism. The unborn is an organism (rather than a mere organ or tissue)—an individual whose parts work together for the good of the whole. Guided by a complete genetic code (46 chromosomes), she needs only the proper environment and nutrition to develop herself through the different stages of life as a member of the species.
Scientific knowledge alone cannot guarantee the end of abortion because scientific knowledge can so easily be twisted or misapplied. The fundamental truths that can be found in Christian religion and morality will end the scourge of abortion.