I don't know how many of you have studied the issue of abortion , but ONE reason why this practice is apparently accepted (and even encouraged?) in many societies is the belief that a foetus less than 6 months old is merely a 'part' or a 'physical extension' of the mother's body i.e. the unborn is not significantly different from a pimple .
In other words, so the argument goes, until the pregnancy reaches about six months there would be as yet no human life in the womb. It is just organic matter. The mum therefore has the right (or SHOULD have the right) to do whatever she wants with it.
Let's examine the issue further...
"Is an embryo merely an EXTENSION of its mother's body or a HUMAN PERSON with a life of his/her own?"
Consider the following (taken from Geisler's Christian Ethics):
Furthermore, ALL the genetic information which comprises an adult human being can be found in the fertilized ovum. A female ovum has 23 chromosomes; a sperm also has 23. Guess how much Junior Embryo has at the MOMENT of conception (i.e. when ovum and sperm 'join'). Answer (surprise surprise) = 46. What other 'scientific definition' of 100% human do we have?
Finally, here are some 'quotable quotes' from the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, report to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress 1st Session 1981 (all emphases mine):
"...in biology and medicine, it is an ACCEPTED FACT that the life of any individual organism reproducing by sexual reproduction begins at CONCEPTION or FERTILIZATION"
"...to accept the fact that after FERTILIZATION has taken place a NEW HUMAN has come into being is NO LONGER A MATTER OF TASTE OR OPINION. The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence."
"...the question of WHEN life begins is no longer a question for theological or philosophical dispute. It is an establish scientific fact...that ALL life, including human life, begins at the MOMENT OF CONCEPTION "
Doesn't quite sound like a pimple, now does it?
So, everyone, your child was (or will be) WITH YOU from the moment he/she is conceived...from Conception Day1 onwards your bundle of joy and love was fully human...fully alive...a wonderful person with great potential (and not a 'potential person')...a beautiful gift from above...
And don't ever doubt he/she is anything less, *smile*.