The claim that the unborn are not alive is one of the deadliest scientific fallacies

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The claim that the unborn are not alive is one of the deadliest scientific fallacies

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.

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.