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A shameful silence from biology professors regarding when life begins

It’s an incredibly easy question to answer

The College Fix recently reached out to over a dozen biology professors to ask them an incredibly simple question: When do human lives begin? This is not a controversial question; it’s not political or ideological; it’s not complex in the slightest. Scientists and the general public have known for decades that human beings begin their lives when a sperm cell from the father joins an egg from the mother, instantly creating a brand-new, unique, fully individual human. This is basic, rudimentary science, the kind of thing they cover during the first five minutes of the first class of freshman biology 101.

None of the professors answered the question–not one of them. The overwhelming majority didn’t respond at all. Only two of them were willing to answer–one who claimed that “scientists cannot answer the question” (that’s not true) and another who said that it was a “political question not scientific” (also untrue). No competent scientist can argue anything other than the basic truth of the origin of individual lives, which is that they begin when sperm meets egg. As Professor Maureen Condic has written: “The conclusion that human life begins at sperm-egg fusion is uncontested, objective, based on the universally accepted scientific method of distinguishing different cell types from each other and on ample scientific evidence (thousands of independent, peer-reviewed publications).” It is something of a wonder that anyone would claim otherwise.

Except we know why that happens. Polls indicate that college professors tend overwhelmingly to be pro-abortion rights. Acknowledging the humanity of unborn humans, even at their very earliest stages, strikes at the heart of the pro-abortion argument; at the very least it forces partisans to acknowledge that, yes, abortion kills human beings, something pro-choicers are understandably quite keen to downplay or else just flat-out deny. But you can only deny science for so long before you start looking foolish and compromised. Human lives begin at conception. It’s a fact. We can all at least admit that, even if some of us don’t want to follow that fact out to its logical conclusion.

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