Who Chooses?

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Life or Death: Who Chooses?

In Roman times, abortion and the destruction of unwanted children was

permissible, but as out civilization has aged, it seems that such acts were

no longer acceptable by rational human beings, so that in 1948, Canada

along with most other nations in the world signed a declaration of the

United Nations promising every human being the right to life. The World

Medical Association meeting in Geneve at the same time, stated that the

utmost respect for human life was to be from the moment of conception. This

declaration was re-affirmed when the World Medical Association met in Oslo

in 1970. Should we go backwards in our concern for the life of an

individual human being?

The unborn human is still a human life and not all the wishful

thinking of those advocating repeal of abortion laws, can alter this. Those

of us who would seek to protect the human who is still to small to cry

aloud for it's own protection, have been accused of having a 19th Century

approach to life in the last third of the 20th Century.

But who in reality

is using arguments of a bygone Century? It is an incontrovertible fact of

biological science - Make no Mistake - that from the moment of conception,

a new human life has been created.

Only those who allow their emotional passion to overide their

knowledge, can deny it: only those who are irrational or ignorant of

science, doubt that when a human sperm fertilizes a human ovum a new human

being is created. A new human being who carries genes in its cells that

make that human being uniquely different from any and other human being and

yet, undeniably a member, as we all are, of the great human family. All...