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Does the Right To Life Begin at Brain Activity?

Another discussion with an abortion advocate on X!

Shrugging off ad hominems, I pressed him to provide an absolute standard that can distinguish “medicine” from “murder.”

Eventually, he was kind enough to provide a theory from an article. This is the “brain-life” theory for when human life functionally begins. The article was from neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga. He acknowledges that human life begins biologically at conception, but his practice leads him to believe bioethics can’t realistically begin for a human until at least six months gestation.

I walk through some statements in this article that try to build an ethical case for human life beginning around week 24, when the human brain starts working in the way we might determine death occurs when it stops working.

I contend in all this that an absolute standard (from the God of the Bible) is necessary to distinguish “medicine” from “murder.”

Sources Referenced:

Michael S. Gazzaniga, “The Thoughtful Distinction Between Embryo and Human,” Chronicle of Higher Education 51, no. 31 (2005): B10-2.

John M. Goldenring, “Humanity Begins With a Functioning Brain,” The Washington Post, September, 16, 1986.

Hannah Echols, “UAB Hospital delivers record-breaking premature baby,” University of Alabama News, November 10, 2021.

Paula Newton, “Canadian siblings born four months early set record as the world’s most premature twins,” CNN, Updated March 19, 2023.

Sahih al-Bukhari 3208

Augustine of Hippo, “Chapter 86. If They Have Ever Lived, They Must of Course Have Died, and Therefore Shall Have a Share in the Resurrection of the Dead.” in The Handbook on Faith, Hope and Love.

Scriptures Referenced:

Genesis 9:6

Proverbs 3:5

John 17:17

See also:

Truthspresso episode 0012: Abortion Fiction: Part 2 – The Pro-Life Bible and Early Church

Truthspresso episode 0055: Shutting Down the Pro-Life Position?

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