Tuesday, February 11, 2020

You Once Were an Embryo

(Linda, with her nephew's gradnson.)

I'm reading Princeton law professor Robert George's Embryo: A Defense of Human Life

In chapter one George describes a human's development from preconception to birth.

His summary is:

"A human embryo is not something different in kind from a human being, like a rock, or a potato, or a rhinoceros. A human embryo is a whole living member of the species Homo sapiens in the earliest stage of her natural development. Unless severely damaged or denied or deprived of a suitable environment, an embryonic human being will, by directing her own integral organic functioning, develop herself to the next more mature developmental stage—the fetal stage. The embryonic, fetal, child, and adolescent stages are just that—stages in the development of a determinate and enduring entity—a human being—who comes into existence as a single-celled organism (a zygote) and develops, if all goes well, into adulthood many years later."

The inborn entity is a human being, in various stages of development. You were once a zygote. 

Thank God you were not eliminated.