Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Origins of Life

I hope you're all following the Corner debate between JPod and Robert George (whom I now know to be a very smart Princeton professor who was gracious enough to take the time to thank me for a link to L4L). George's responses are so devastatingly on the money that all I can do is cheer from the sidelines and yell, "What he said!".
Modern embryology establishes a set of facts about embryogenesis and early intrauterine human development. These facts are stubborn; there is no running away from them. Human embryos are not creatures different in kind from human beings (like rocks, or potatoes, or alligators); they are, rather, human beings--distinct living members of the species Homo sapiens--at the earliest stage of their natural development. They differ from human beings at later developmental stages not in virtue of the kind of entity they are, but rather by degree of development.


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