when do you think a fetus becomes a living being?

Posted: November 15, 2012 in abortion, believing, human rights
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PictureMany people think that a human being is created at the time of conception.  Is this belief supported by the Bible?   Some say that the Bible teaches that a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.   Is the Bible relevent to your view on when life begins?   Does it matter when “life” begins?    What do you think?

  1. Joe says:

    I’m very scientific on this topic. I am not a scholar of the bible, but does it have anything to say about when life begins? It certainly doesn’t talk about two gametes combining to make a complete cell that then divides again and again until the cells begin to differentiate and become something resembling a tadpole, that loses its tail, then becomes more and more human like until it finally is even recognizable as a human, and WAY before its is viable in any sense of the word. If life began at conception, how to we feel about miscarriages? Is it truly a death? does anyone hold a funeral when a woman has a miscarriage? When I lived in Madagascar, I learned that the Malagasy (who are mostly Christian at this point) believe that life begins at birth, and not before. Even when a woman has a late-term miscarriage, like a still born, there is no funeral or formal mourning (tho I am sure the individual woman does). It does matter when life begins, and it should be something that we define as a society by some scientifically verifiable means.

    • nash says:

      I agree that it matters. Otherwise the conservatives are absolutely right – it’s a scary, slippery slope. And I don’t think life begins at conception, although I can understand the urge to find a nice thick boundary on this question. But I also don’t think that this is JUST an issue regarding women’s bodies…there’s another body in there. My problem is that, while I don’t necessarily believe that a 4-week old fetus is a human, I also have a really hard time with the notion that my own kids were NOT human beings the day before they left my wife’s womb.

    • Lois says:

      Some do have funerals for miscarried remains (The Duggars very publicly televised the funeral for 16 week fetus “Jubilee”.) Biblically, Jeremiah 1:5 speaks of the Lord knowing him before he was created in his mother’s belly. Medically, fetal viability is now about 23 weeks, I think. Technically, until birth at whatever gestational age, the mother is carrying a parasite that in some cases has more rights than she does.

  2. Joe says:

    that’s why I think some verifiable time of “viability” is where we need to get to. Brain activity of a certain level? ability to breathe? but then, there is always the sticky question of what to do when a “viable” fetus is endangering the life of the mother. Which life matters more?

    • nash says:

      Regarding baby or mother…that’s a tricky one. I’d always go with mom, even though you pose an interesting, life boat-like dilema. The age of viability is so difficult…the further medical science advances, the younger that age becomes. Ability to breath? That would be hard to measure. Brain activity may be the ticket. But what’s problematic (among other things) is that ANY age you set – 3 months, 5 months, 7 months or the moment right up to birth, the women’s groups are going to freak out and paint you as a far right whack job women hater. And if you choose anything after the moment mom and dad are enjoying the afterglow, the Christian faction paint you as a far left whack job baby killer. Sigh.

  3. nash says:

    Wow…I wonder if anyone has ever grappled with these questions!!! 🙂

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