Before We Were Human

This one isn’t complicated. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I'm John Stonestreet with The Point.

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With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade coming up, here’s a primer on making the case for life. A silly pro-abortion argument still repeated is: “Human life doesn’t begin until long after conception.”

So how do we respond? With basic biology. Ask your pro-choice friend when exactly he or she began being alive. If the answer is anything other than “at the moment of conception,” then ask how a non-living embryo magically grew into a living child.

Next ask, “Are you human?” Then, “when did you become human?” If they insist there was a time when they weren’t human, ask, well, what species they were.

Unless your friend is willing to say that he or she was non-living or another species, they have to admit, like embryologists do, that human life begins at conception. While there’s more to the pro-life case than this, it does debunk one of the silliest objections out there.

And for more answers, download the ’21 Days of Prayer for Life” app on your smart phone.

Further Reading

21 Days of Prayer for Life prayer guide


To play devils advocate, might I ask what a sperm or an egg is before it joins? And what about identical twins which forms by a fertilized egg splitting?

A better argument is that if we don't know what it is and there is a reasonable chance of it being human one should almost always err on the side of caution. That is one does not drive recklessly in a school nor does one fire a shotgun into the woods at a public campground and if either is done the law will be annoyed.

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