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A Free Chrome Extension That Changes Abortion Into Murder

Since Ohio passed a law making abortion after a heartbeat can be detected illegal, pro-abortionists have been up in arms that anyone would dare to infringe on the brutal slaughter of children within the womb for the name of convenience. I got sick of reading news articles full of pretty euphemisms for abortion like “choice” and “reproductive rights.” So I did something about  it.

Introducing Abortion Is Murder.

Abortion Is Murder is a free extension for Google Chrome that changes sanitized, clean, approved pro-abortion euphemisms into words that relate the reality of abortion. So instead of “abortion,” you’ll get “murder.” Instead of “reproductive rights,” you’ll see “the right to kill babies in the womb.”


Exempli Gratia

This is more than a rhetorical exercise.

If you are pro-life, then this should help motivate you to do something today to fight the culture of death in which you live. This should help recenter your way of thinking about abortion: It is legalized murder. It is happening near you today. But be forewarned: Reading the news like this really makes pro-life concessions seem wimpy.

If you are pro-abortion (if you have the extension installed, that says pro-murder), installing this extension should help you understand what we are opposing. It should help you to read the news as we read the news.

This extension is free. Just click here and install it.


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The Lord Sits Enthroned Forever

I don’t usually use my blog for political statements outside of pro-life activism. Today is a little different though. I wanted to collect a few thoughts on the recent shootings, and hopefully add something constructive and cogent to the conversation.

I’m not going to comment directly on the shootings other than to say mourn with those who mourn, and mourn from a place of deep confidence that justice will be carried out perfectly by our God. And then act, in whatever small way you can, to be a comfort to those who mourn, and an advocate for those who need you.

When we talk about police violence against minorities, it is important that we not discount the fact that it is oftentimes (but not always) targeted toward minorities. This post isn’t to discuss race or racism beyond saying that while I don’t think it is the root cause of all police violence, it does seem to be the catalyst in many situations. At any rate, according to this survey by the DOJ,

Studies conducted across two midwestern States (one in Illinois and one in Ohio), for example, suggest that a significant minority of police officers have observed police using “considerably” more force than necessary when apprehending a suspect. In the Illinois study, more than 20 percent of the officers surveyed reported having observed this type of abuse; in the Ohio study, 13 percent of respondents had seen such abuse.

Moreover, both studies suggest that police harassment of minorities is not an isolated occurrence. More than 25 percent of officers surveyed in the Illinois study and 15 percent of those in the Ohio study stated that they had observed an officer harassing a citizen “most likely” because of his or her race.

NB: These are officer reactions to what they allege is racism in their own departments. That’s telling.

Another quote from the survey:

Therefore, improper force was used in 38 percent of encounters that involved force. As the author of that study, Robert Worden, stated, ‘[I]ncidents in which improper force was used represent a substantial proportion of the incidents in which any force (reasonable or improper) was used.

This is, I think, the deeper issue. In over a third of police encounters which involve force, that force was later deemed improper. Police in America may not use force often, but when they have the historical trend is that 1/3 of the time they use it in an unjustified manner. To understate the obvious: It seems like this might be a problem. I highly recommend you read the whole survey and come to your own conclusions.

Now, how can we respond to tragedies like these? As a citizen, my response is skepticism.

Our justice system rests on an explicit assumption: That the individual who allegedly broke the law is innocent until proven guilty. The implicit assumption, then, is that the State, who is bringing charges against this individual, is wrong.  They are asserting that the individual is guilty; we begin with the assumption they are innocent. Both cannot be correct: Therefore, we must assume the State is wrong until they prove themselves right.

How does that apply to use of force? We should assume it was improper until it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that it was not. We should assume the State acted out of line because the citizen gets the benefit of the doubt. We should not immediately defend police actions because (as shown before) they have gotten it wrong at least 1/3 of the time.

This does not mean we have to hate cops, call for their deaths (which have been equally tragic and we should pray for justice on their account as well), or anything negative. It means only that we apply our starting premise (citizens are innocent until proven guilty) consistently and doubt the State.  If the State proves its case, we can move on. But until then, skepticism should be our default position.

As a Christian, my response is sorrow, grief, repentance, and then joy.

When I watched Philando Castile bleed out, when I watched Alton Sterling’s feeble hand try to staunch his own bleeding, I wept. I wept because someone who bears the Imago Dei was just cut off from the living. Even though they were sinners like me, God took no pleasure in their death (Ezekiel 18:23). So I wept. And as I said before, it is good and right to mourn with those who mourn.

I’ve posted before about why our response to tragedy should be repentance. If you want to read that, check it out here, or save yourself the time and just read Jesus’ response to tragedy in Luke 13.

But why joy? “Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Or, as Psalm 9 puts it:

the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.

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God has fixed this.

My earlier post on this matter left one crucial question unanswered: In the face of tragedy, what comfort does Christianity offer? The answer is simple: God has fixed this.

We do not know how. It certainly doesn’t look like God has fixed this. But we know that He has fixed this. We know this because He went to the cross for us.

When Jesus hung on the cross, it didn’t look like God was fixing anything. In fact, the one who claimed to be God, who made Himself equal with God, was the one suffocating to a very public and very humiliating death. We could, like the unbelieving thief, say “Are you not the messiah? Save yourself, and then us!”

But we are not unbelievers. We, like the second thief, recognize that we have justly incurred any punishment that befalls us. But Jesus was an innocent man, hung on the cross for sins that He did not commit. And like the second thief we realize that the cross is not a defeat, but it was a victory: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

So the eyes of faith look at this tragedy and realize that Jesus has hung on the cross. God has died and risen from the dead. The God who is so full of love as to shed His own blood for us will not abandon us. A small child may not understand why a doctor must give him a shot, but he trusts his father who says the pain will be worth it in the end.

Christians, we know that the joy of the new creation will not compare to the suffering we have here. Jesus even promised that we would have trouble in this world. But he also promised that when we stand with Him on that day, and see what it means that He has overcome this world, then the veil will fall away — then this tapestry will take a new hue, as joy unspeakable winds its way through the warp and weft of suffering, and redeems it all for the glory of God.

Take heart. God has fixed all of this.


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Keep Praying.

I’m sure that you have, by now, seen the drivel spouted across the web in response to the mass shooting in California, summed up “Stop Praying. Stop Thinking.” Or, as the New York Daily News put it “God Isn’t Fixing This.”


This is, of course, entirely missing the reason why Christians pray, which seems to be par for the course among the press. My friend Steven Dunn has an excellent post regarding why Christians pray: Because “God is fixing us.

I think headlines like these really do an excellent job of highlighting the different ways in which Christianity and our culture answer the same question: “What is wrong with the world?”

It seems the culture believes what is wrong with us is outside of us. We will be able to fix ourselves. The cultural response of “Legislate!” is really a confession of faith in ourselves that, given enough time, we will eventually end up with a general utopia, which we will survey from the top of a Tower (or space-elevator) that reaches the heavens. Nothing we plan to do is impossible for us.

Conversely, Christians pray precisely because we believe that this issue cannot be fixed by gun-control — or any other attempts to modify external behaviors. We believe that mankind is so bent in on itself that even when the only weapon available is a rock, we can still find a way to bash our neighbor’s head in with it. We know that we can’t just keep treating the symptoms — at some point, that Great Physician must excise the tumor or our cancer will certainly consume us forever.

That is why in Luke 13 when Jesus was confronted with two tragedies He commanded “Repent, or perish!” In response to the question “what is wrong with the world?” G. K. Chesterton well summed up the Christian position: “I am.” The problem with the world is not some distant abstraction of sin, or a lack of progress– it’s the fact that every single day sin is a personal reality for you and (especially) for me.

So it comes down to this: Christians don’t pray as a substitute for action, but because we realize that all of our actions are vain apart from God’s grace and mercy in our lives. We pray because we recognize that, if God had not mercifully intervened, we could easily be the one pulling the trigger. Prayer confesses God’s sovereignty, even when we do not understand it.

Keep praying, Christians.

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Does being pro-life mean supporting forced motherhood?

On August 22, 2015, the satanic temple of Detroit showed up at a peaceful pro-life protest of Planned Parenthood in order to engage in self-described political theater, shown in the video linked above. Overall their counter protest is relatively lackluster. Sure, the wasting of milk has some shock value. The wearing of clericals and carrying of a crucifix just shows the lack of creativity involved. I am underwhelmed.

Beyond the basic lack of creativity in their costuming department, they employed an argument that I find basically preposterous. Well, “employed” is probably strong language for what actually happened. They just held up a sign that said “America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood!”

Yawn. Boring.  Continue reading

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No one is anti-Lula, but @TellThemSC is anti-logic.

I have the honor of teaching our Youtherans at my church. A few weeks ago, after we had a discussion about abortion, the topic of a local ad campaign came up. Billboards have been posted up around town, including one just up the street from our church, that say “some lawmakers are anti-Lula,” with a picture of an adorable little girl (presumably Lula). Lula is a young lady who was conceived via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

While I may discuss this technique and why I oppose it another time, I’ll allow several interesting discussions to take that honor now. An answer about surrogacy from my own Synod, and a more complex discussion of the Roman church’s understanding at Bad Catholic (please remember that a link is not necessarily an endorsement, here). Additional information from my Synod about fertility issues may be found at Christian Life Resources. To this end of the discussion I must merely add that the fact that this child is being used in this manner seems indicative of the “Designer Baby” phenomenon.

In this post, however, I’d like to recount a few of the critiques our Youtherans raised in thinking critically about this ad campaign. They were remarkably quick to pick up on more than a few issues, the first of which being that the campaign is primarily designed to illicit an emotional response. After all, anyone who would oppose the cute little girl pictured is a monster, are they not? So by using words like “anti,” along with a sentimental image to cause the viewer to emote, this campaign bypasses critical thought. However we ought to throw a [citation needed] flag on the play: Which lawmakers, in particular, are opposed to allowing Lula to continue existing? Which laws are being introduced to destroy her and the other children conceived through IVF? As you might suspect, no one is brushing the dust off of their pitchforks and torches to hunt down Lula and her kinfolk.

So what is it that Tell Them actually means when they say people are anti-Lula? They mean only this: Many people in South Carolina and through the US have thought carefully about what goes on in IVF and have opposed it. There’s nothing malicious or anti-Lula about that; again, they rely on the emotive rather than the empirical. Their train of thought must run something like this:

  1. Group A opposes IVF.
  2. Lula came about via IVF.
  3. Therefore, group A is anti-Lula.

The Youtherans proposed that there might exist another little girl, named Lola, who came about as the result of a rape. They posited the following train of thought:

  1. Tell Them opposes rape.
  2. Lola came about via rape.
  3. Therefore, Tell Them is anti-Lola.

Now, I don’t think it necessary, but let me emphasize that our youth were merely making a Reducto Ad Absurdum argument — that is, they were reducing the opposing train of thought to absurdity, which their example clearly does. One can oppose the way that a human being came about for it’s obvious negative effects without simultaneously opposing the human being. Thus the Youtheran’s conclusion that what Tell Them had to say about our lawmakers was a weak attempt to demonize opposition and stifle conversation.

Lastly, something we talked about was the question “Does the end justify the means?” In other words, just because Lula came into being through IVF does that justify the fact that other children were produced and (often) destroyed or left as one of 400,000 embryos cryopreserved in the USA? Does one happy little girl justify a %40 or lower success rate, with many still-born or miscarried children lost along the way? Does the fact that good things can come out of a process mean we must use that process? Of course we soundly reject any such utilitarianism that reduces a child to a commodity, to be traded for and purchased at the expense of other lives. Human beings are not science experiments to be selected for, they are not products to be designed; they are precious, human persons, with value and dignity all of their own. Indeed, it is precisely because the children, like Lula, who are produced by IVF are so important and valuable that we oppose IVF and the subsequent destruction of those children!

It’s always a blessing to see that what we’re teaching the youth is sticking. May they, and you, continue to keep fighting death.

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Coffee with @leebright: The Personhood Act of South Carolina.

At first glance, you probably wouldn’t guess that Lee Bright has sponsored more pro-life legislation than any other lawmaker in the country. He is the epitome of a southern businessman: Dark brown hair cut short over dark eyes, perpetual half-grin on his face; a robust presence, to be sure, frame draped in a classic two-button suit dappled dark by the rain outside the coffee shop where we have arranged to meet. Hands shake and names are exchanged.

We manage to grab a table — a veritable miracle on such a busy day. The weather is driving people indoors. Coffee sits steaming between me and the challenger: In just 90 short days, on June 10th, Bright will attempt to dethrone Lindsey Graham, the incumbent Senator from South Carolina.

Bright came to my attention several months ago, when a sign outside of my workplace asked “Who is Lee Bright?” I don’t know if the Ayn Rand reference was intentional or not, but it caught my eye and I asked Google the same question. When I found the answer, I was thrilled. As a pro-life activist myself, the State Senator from Greenville is a political dream come true. Today, I wanted to know more about Bright’s Personhood Act of South Carolina.

“I’ve been working on the Personhood Act for about 5 years now,” says Bright. In Roe v. Wade, the oral arguments in the Supreme Court did not define where life began, and simply guaranteed women a right to privacy. The Personhood Act codifies empirical fact: Life begins at conception. This would be groundbreaking legislation if it gets passed, preventing South Carolina from seeing another horrific year of 7,000 abortions. Since the Supreme Court did not decide that anyone has a specific right to an abortion, merely a right to privacy, it would be interesting to see someone challenge the constitutionality of this bill.

However Bright says he does anticipate just that: Given recent comments made by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who stated that when life begins is “not really relevant to the conversation [about abortion],” Bright expects that abortion advocates will challenge the law with the argument that a woman does indeed have a right to an abortion. It is difficult to anticipate how courts will rule, but due to the wording of legal precedents, Bright is hopeful. Of course (allegedly pro-life) Lindsey Graham’s votes in favor of pro-abortion judges like Elena Kagan further complicates speculation.

Another objection Bright has seen is the claim that the Personhood Act would stand between a woman and her birth control. Two points should be made here: The first is that only abortifacient birth control would be eliminated. The morning after pill would be made illegal in South Carolina. The second point — and this is my commentary, here — is that of course methods of birth control that cause an abortion ought to be eliminated if life begins at conception. This critique is nothing more than a red herring designed to distract from the real question of the bill — does life begin at conception or not? After all, since the bill is about when life begins, to oppose it on any other grounds is an adventure in missing the point.

“So what can I do to help? Where is the bill now and how can we get it moving forward?” Bright explained that the bill is currently in a subcommittee chaired by Senator Chip Campsen, from Charleston County. The best way to help right now is to call the Senators on that subcommittee (listed below) and tell them why you’re passionate about the Personhood Act. Also, call your Senator and explain to them why you’d like them to support the bill.

With all this exciting news at home, I asked Lee how he would take the fight to Washington if he got elected. He told me that he plans on working against abortion in two ways: First, by only supporting constitutionally sound judges. Bright explained that he would have fought against appointing Elena Kagan rather than capitulating as Lindsey Graham did. Second, Bright plans on supporting or sponsoring Personhood legislation at the Federal level. He mentioned the Personhood Act introduced by Ron Paul as an example of the kinds of laws he would support.

Having seen Senator Bright’s voting record compared to Lindsey Graham’s, I’m ready to send some new blood to Washington. The best way to do that is by going to vote in the June 10th primary. You can also donate to Lee Bright’s campaign here, or volunteer to help here. And again, be sure to call your Senator, and the Senators on the subcommittee listed below, and tell them why you support the Personhood Act of South Carolina!

Judiciary Subcommittee:
Sen. Chip Campsen, Chairman — (803) 212-6340
Sen. Karl Allen — (803) 212-6040
Sen. Chauncey Gregory — (803) 212-6024
Sen. Bradley Hutto — (803) 212-6140
Sen. Greg Hembree — (803) 212-6016
Find your Senator here.

For more information about Lee Bright and his campaign for U.S. Senate, check out

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14,611 days later: How does the Gospel speak to Roe v. Wade?

Pro-abortion march

Pro-abortion march (Photo credit: American Life League)

According to the US Abortion Clock, as of the time of this writing, 55,886,682.5 abortions have been performed in the United States since Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. If the abortion rate remains about the same, we will pass 56,000,000 in just 29 days.

I  doubt very much that I could say anything that hasn’t already been said about January 22nd. Today is January 23rd and it seems that, for many, life simply goes on. But for me, today, life stopped.

I began to reflect today on the bloodbath that has ravaged this nation — my nation. We’ve advanced so far since Roe that now Salon staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams rightly argues that life begins at conception, then wrongly states that this shouldn’t stop an abortion.

I have spent no small amount of time today grieving over this modern-day slaughter of the innocents. My heart breaks that so many precious human persons have lost their lives. And in this, I have been reflecting: What does the Gospel say to Roe v. Wade? How does the Gospel impact the knowledge that 22% of pregnancies in America will end in abortion?

God’s Law speaks to the Church to teach us what a good work looks like. The Law commands us “Love thy neighbor.” And for the Christian we do this in the context of abortion by loving our tiny neighbors in a faithful, ferocious defense of their life. We stand firm on this issue with our vote and our voice; if we can make an impact, while still keeping the Law of God, then we are compelled to do so. We cannot stay silent and say that we are honoring God.

But every abortion has two victims; the mother must never be neglected in our defense of the unborn. Because the Law weighs heavy on her heart, and her conscience. The Law condemns her as a murderer, and her heart, which knows this is true, condemns her as well. To love our neighbor here, we must be faithful in our proclamation that Christ, on the Cross, won forgiveness for even this great sin that grips her soul. We must always be sure our message is “there is no sin so vile that the Cross of Christ cannot answer it.” We must never miss an opportunity to joyfully invite all sorts of sinners to join us, sinners just as great, in receiving forgiveness in Jesus name.

I must humbly apologize for my personal failure to always preach the Gospel. I have been so eager in my zeal for the unborn that I have not also invited the burden-bound to the forgiveness won by Christ and His vicarious death on the Cross for my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world. Please forgive me. And if you, like I, have neglected your duties, I pray that this convicts you.

Finally, I must appeal to you, dear reader: If you carry this burden, lay it down. Come and see that Christ has borne the punishment that you and I deserve, so that you may gain His righteousness. Come find forgiveness, full and free.

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The South Carolina Data Breach: How to protect yourself and your family.

If you live in the state of South Carolina, hopefully you’ve heard by now about the massive data breach at the South Carolina State Department of Revenue. It’s an information security disaster. 3.6 million Social Security Numbers were stolen, all unencrypted; debit and credit card numbers were stolen as well, but most were encrypted (not that this is of much solace). Of course, no public funds were accessed or put at risk. You can read more about the data breach over at HuffPo, or watch an excerpt of the press conference here.

Now, I could comment on how incredibly irresponsible and idiotic it is to store sensitive information unencrypted. Or I could lambast the Dept. of Revenue for not taking action sooner when the attack has been going on for over two months. Instead, I’m going to try to outline the steps you need to take to protect your information now that it’s in the wild.

DISCLAIMER: I am by no means an expert, nor is this an exhaustive list of steps you should take to protect yourself. If you follow these steps, bad things can still happen to you. All this does is make things harder for identity thieves. All information is provided as-is, without any sort of guarantee. If the following steps do not work, I am not responsible. They worked for me, and I hope they work for you.

It’s a rather simple process. South Carolina is taking steps to right their egregious wrong, and has made a pretty fantastic tool available. Rather than repeatedly calling the 800 number that the state has provided only to be hung up on, simply do the following.

  1. Go to
  2. Enter this code: scdor123 (this is the code that you would get from the 800 number)
  3. Finish the application process is a service provided by Experian. In light of the breach, South Carolina has provided the code so that the citizens can have free access to this service. It was the least they could do.

I strongly advise you to set up an account through the service. Check your credit reports immediately, and see if there is any suspicious activity. Then set up alerts on your cell phone. To do this, look at the left side of the screen, where it says “You are logged in as: [Your Name] (edit profile).” Click edit profile, and then click “Alerts.” Enter your cell phone and your alert preferences. Mine is set so I receive alerts 24 hours a day.

That’s all you need to do to set up your account with, but I also suggest you take the self-assesment test they provide. This will help you to understand and correct unsafe behaviors.

I would also recommend setting up a 90 day fraud alert through Experian. This is also free, available here. As a quick note, if you add a fraud alert through any one of the major credit bureaus, the other two get notified. If you add a fraud alert, it will force creditors to go through extra steps to check your identity, thus adding another layer of protection.

I hope this post has been helpful. If you have questions, ask them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them. If you have comments or resources, please share them below as well. This is a massive problem that is affecting millions of people. Please share whatever insights you have. If this post has helped you, please forward it to your South Carolinian friends and family.


UPDATE10/30:If your children are listed on your tax returns, they should be covered by I spoke with the SCDOR, and they assured me that minors are protected under their parents plans.


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3 reasons why the fetus is a human being.

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It’s not an uncommon objection from the pro-abortion crowd: “You pro-lifers are so worried about killing a human being, but the fetus isn’t a human being!” If you’re dealing with the typical, well-meaning abortion apologist, they’re not willfully lying to you. They genuinely believe that the fetus is something less than human.  The problem with this is that they are wrong: The fetus is a genuine human being with all the rights of any other member of the human community.

Before we get to far, I want to point out that there are some more refined abortion advocates who would object to this as a straw-man. They would say something like “Well I agree that the fetus is a human being, but it’s not a human person, and only person’s have rights and membership in the human community.” To you, I must pose the question: At what point does a fetus become a human person and why? The burden of proof rests entirely with you to demonstrate this far less than obvious distinction. Rather than further straw-man your position, I’ll wait to hear from you. In this post, however, I will defend the proposition that the fetus is a human being and a full member of the human community. Here’s why:

#1) A fetus comes from human parents.

This might be a painfully obvious question, but if a fetus is not a human, then what is it? And how does something non-human come from human parents? Basic biology informs us that a species reproduces after its own kind (to borrow the Biblical phrase). Some may appeal to Ernst Haeckel and his idea that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny” — that the unborn fetus goes through it’s previous evolutionary stages as a fish, a salamander, a chicken, etc. — however they would ill-informed: Haeckel was a fraud, faking the data that drove his theory. It’s been completely debunked.

#2) There are no significant differences between other human beings and the fetus.

If you think about it, you can essentially reduce all the difference between the Johnny typing this sentence and pre-birth fetal Johnny to four different categories: Size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency. Now, do any of these categories disqualify the fetus as a human being? Is Yao Ming more human than I am? Will I become more human when my brain finally finishes developing? If I move, does my humanness vary in some degree? Is a dialysis patient less human than I am as a healthy young man? You see that none of these categories affect the nature of the fetus; the fetus is fully human from conception.

#3) Because science tells me so.

The following quotes are from embryology textbooks about the beginning of human life; all italicized emphasis in original, bold is my own:

Fertilization is a sequence of events that begins with the contact of a sperm (spermatozoon) with a secondary oocyte (ovum) and ends with the fusion of their pronuclei (the haploid nuclei of the sperm and ovum) and the mingling of their chromosomes to form a new cell. This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being.
(Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc, 1988, p.2)

The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which two highly specialized cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.
[Langman, Jan. Medical Embryology. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1975, p. 3]

Zygote. This cell, formed by the union of an ovum and a sperm (Gr. zyg tos, yoked together), represents the beginning of a human being. The common expression ‘fertilized ovum’ refers to the zygote.
[Moore, Keith L. and Persaud, T.V.N. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1993, p. 1]

These are but a few of the facts supporting the pro-life position. I hope that this encourages you to dig deeper into what you believe about abortion. Whether or not you agree with me, I hope you will at least agree that this is an important discussion to have.

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