Human Life The Right Way
For Immediate Release.
January 31, 2002 Although
symbolic, the Bush administration should be commended for its announcement
by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson that it was re-designating
the term fetus to mean “an unborn child” to allow low-income women access
to prenatal care.
Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public
Policy said, “It is time for the government as well as the Supreme Court
to realize that, at conception, a genetically distinct human being is
brought to life — a fact that is well established.”
comparing the fertilized and unfertilized human ovum, there is an important
qualitative difference. Unless
the sperm and egg participate in the fertilization process, both will
die and individually neither has the capacity for independent life.
The zygote is its own entity, genetically distinct from both
the mother and father, once fertilization has taken place. All the required information for self-directed development is possessed
by the newly conceived individual.
And given time and nourishment, it will proceed to grow in the
normal human fashion. Often
pro-choice advocates say that the unborn child is merely part of the
mother’s body. This is simply untrue. The unborn child possesses separate circulatory,
nervous, and endocrine systems as well as a genetically distinct
make-up from the time of conception.
The sperm and egg separately represent only the potential for
a new human life prior to conception. However, once fertilization has taken place,
the newly conceived individual is best described as an actual life.
Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
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