I rarely engage with people on Twitter. 99% of the time people are just being trolls and aren’t looking for a civil discussion. But today I felt like attempting to have a calm and respectable discussion.
I posted a tweet in reference to Ireland voting to legalize abortion on demand. I stated that I was disgusted by the outcome of the vote. I also said that the voting showed that the people of my homeland either “completely deny basic scientific facts or are completely okay with extreme violence in a mass scale”. By the scientific fact part, I was referring to the fact that life begins at conception. And by latter part I was referring to how violent the process of abortion is and how it will now be legal to do on a large scale in that country. Since the U.S. legalized abortion on demand in 1973, over 60 million innocent human beings have been killed. If that isn’t violence on a mass scale, I don’t know what is.
Anyways, on his own accord, an angry self-proclaimed scientist tweeted me and asked me to cite “references from a peer-reviewed journal” in reference to when human life begins. Before I even saw his tweet, let alone respond to it, he insulted me and bragged about himself in another tweet.
Little did he know, the topic of Science and the Abortion debate is essentially what got me involved with being pro-life.
My freshman year of college I was faced with a situation in which I needed to know what science, rather than religion or politics said about abortion and if science could show when life began.
I began researching and it led to me studying in-depth descriptions from doctors of how various forms of abortion are performed, watching an abortion being performed via ultrasound, and reading embryology textbooks.
After much research I came to the conclusion that science does say a lot about abortion. Science also tells us when human life begins. Leading embryology textbooks tell us that the preborn (fetus, embryo, zygote) are unique living and whole human beings from the moment of conception. Everything that I am right now was present at my conception. All of my genetic makeup and unique DNA came into existence at that moment. Nothing was added to it. I am 100% the same being I was at conception. Sure, I’m bigger, more developed, outside the womb, and independent, but that doesn’t change the fact that I was just as much human then as I am now. Science is pretty conclusive on when life begins.
Instead of giving him “peer-reviewed journals” I gave him a list of a few leading medical textbooks in that field.
- “The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology” by Keith L. Moore, Ph.D. & T.V.N. Persaud
- “Human Embryology & Teratology” by Ronan R. O’Rahilly, Fabiola Muller
- “Langman’s Medical Embryology” by T.W. Sadler
- “Essentials of Human Embryology” by William J. Larsen
- Human Embryology” by Bradley M. Patten