Monday, May 30, 2016

More Proof That Life Begins at Conception

By Diane M. Hoffmann

Wow! I’ve got to write about this right now.

There’s been some thinking by many that one can abort a fetus up to a certain point in the development of the embryo, based on the belief that a baby is not a baby up until a certain amount of days or weeks. Even some call that threshold a point at which the soul enters the fetus.

By the way, they call it a fetus to make their beliefs and talks more palatable, but they don’t realize that the word fetus means infant or baby.

In the book “24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today” I wrote that life begins at conception – and that’s based on science.  The discussion entails the fact that a human embryo is exactly that: a human being. It is not a plant or an animal, at any point of the development, but a human being made in the image of God. And that it is, from the very beginning point when the husband’s semen enters the wife’s egg – at that very moment, life begins.

Now, wow, new scientific reports came out to show that point even some more.

Scientists had thought that embryos could only keep developing if they were safely in the womb and receiving instructions from the mother's body. For decades scientists have been able to study human embryos in their labs, but they were never able to keep them alive outside a woman's womb for more than a week. This made it impossible for researchers to make long-term studies about human development in the embryonic stage.

But now new research and discoveries have made it possible to keep human embryos alive in the laboratory about a week longer than ever before. Scientists call this a step that will yield important insights in this area of their studies about the development of embryos.

But to those who already knew that life begins at conception, this new discovery is further proof of it. How?  In the words of Ali Brinvalou, an embryologist at Rockefeller University in New York, "All the information necessary and sufficient to have the embryo move forward is already contained within those handful of cells...that was a very big surprise to us and to the field." (Underline is mine).

Why was it a surprise to them? That's because the seventh day of development is the time when the human embryo becomes embedded within the body of the mother -- when it becomes implanted in the womb”, says the Zernicka-Goetz group who did the research.

It was known to the scientists that the seventh day of development is the time when the human embryo becomes embedded within the body of the mother -- when it becomes implanted in the womb. So, it was believed that because they could not keep an embryo alive for more than seven days, the “handful of cells” were not sufficient on their own to contain life.  So this new discovery that the embryo is able to continue living passed that seven-day period, only shows further the scientific reality of life beginning at conception.

The more science discovers, the more it makes the Word of God look scientific.  However, at the same time, for those who believe that experimenting on human embryos is morally wrong, these experimentations are of real concerns. We should enjoy what God created not dismantle it.



Diane M. Hoffmann, B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D./Th.

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