Wednesday, August 31, 2011

When does life begin?

THERE is no question about when life ends. Neither is there any debate on how life ends or can be ended. Rather, the issue is this: When does life begin? But before answering the said key question, it might be both realistic and practical to previously ask not only who can make life begin and why does life begin. Thus stand the three inquiry words “Who?”, “Why?” and “When?”

First: Who makes life begin?
It can be readily granted that men and women can make life begin. It is evident that neither all men nor all women can make life have its beginning. This is even something definite and defined from the known narration of the Good Book: Those brought to living existence is neither “Adam and Adam” nor “Eve and Eve”—but Adam and Eve. In fact, it was only after the living reality of the said pairing of a man and a woman that they were told to “increase and multiply”.

Second: Why does life begin?
It can be also easily accepted that the close meeting and consummate copulation of a man and a woman forward the answer to this question. In other words, the sexual union of a man and a woman is what makes life begin—or better—why life can begin. Hence as far as life is concerned, it is not simply the reality of a man and a woman that gives life its beginning. It is elementary and necessary that they have a carnal communion.

Third: When does life begin?
Here is when arguments begin, when oppositions takes place. There are those who say that life begins at the fertilization itself of the woman’s egg with the man’s sperm. On the other hand, there are those who claim that life starts when the fertilized egg has its plantation in the womb of the woman. And there are even those who argue that life arises when the fetus already has the form of a baby—with all the basic human parts. This is when other questions must be asked:

One: If human life only begins when the fetus acquires the form of a baby, then what was it before? An unknown mass? A genuine aborigine? A little monkey? Or what?

Two: If human life only begins at implantation, why does the fertilized egg precisely seek the womb of woman to be therein implanted for growth and development? Is this simply a blind drive, a blind chance on the part of the thus fertilized egg to seek the said womb to be there thus implanted?

Three: If life does not begin at fertilization, when then? One or three days after? One or three weeks after? Three or six months after? Who can dare say the exact time and date that human life begins in the event that it does not begin at fertilization?

31 August 2011