The moment when life begins is -- by definition -- a transformational event. At the moment of conception, two haploid cells transform into a diploid cell and become a unique human being. Every moment after conception is a transitional event which varies in timing with each pregnancy. Every other attempt to define the moment when life begins is a purely political contrivance whose sole intent is to rationalize homicide.
I choose the word homicide carefully. Because, even with abortion, there are certain instances where there is such a thing as “justifiable homicide” -- for example when the mother’s life is clearly in danger.
Personally, I would (not easily) tend to say that rape is also grounds for the “justifiable homicide” of a child conceived during that rape. But, I would also have deep respect for any woman willing to let that child live.
The following video features one such individual who was allowed to live.
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