Many answers have been offered to answer the
"When does human life begin?" This question has become
quite controversial in the past few decades, especially as
it relates to the issue of abortion. Pro-choice defenders
tend to declare that life begins at some point other than
conception while pro-life proponents usually support the
idea that life begins at conception.
The issue does not possess a simple answer. Many different
ways of examining the issue provide many conflicting
viewpoints. Most theories can be divided into two categories:
philosophic theories and biological theories. By
examining these two types of theories closely, an answer to
this question may be determined. This answer will determine
if abortion kills human life or no life at all.
The Philosophic Theories
The Biological Theories
Moral Question of Abortion: Dr. Stephen Schwarz has written this book
to provide his
answers to many questions relating to abortion, including a determination of the beginning
of human life. Scientific facts are presented along with many philosophical theories which
draw lines as to when life begins.
Abortion: All Sides of the Issue: This web site provides an abundance of information on abortion.
Determining the beginning of life is one of the first issues that is addressed. Fetal
development is also described. Many other abortion related issues are addressed such as
the religious aspects, public opinion, abortion laws, and abortion methods.