Why I Am A Person
Medical Science details how animals and every living creature are reproduced. The distinguishing features of each species are determined by the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) also known as the "blueprint".
Human DNA consists of about three (3) billion bases, and more than ninety-nine percent (99%) of those bases are the same in all people. Once a sperm fertilizes an ova (egg cell), the result is a cell called the zygote, which possesses half the DNA of each of its two parents. DNA is organized into long structures called chromosomes. [The human complement of forty-six (46) diploid chromosome counts is formed by each parent contributing twenty-three (23) chromosomes.] The zygote will begin to divide to produce a multicellular organism. The result of this process is an embryo.
The Carnegie Institute founded in 1902 has chronologic pictures of human embryo development from
Is the product of a human male and a human female
a human being?
fertilization to the entire nine month cycle ending in the birth of the human child. The pictures speak for themselves. If a human being is not a person from the beginning of its existence then when does it become one?
One does not have to be a medical doctor to know once a human female gets pregnant, given appropriate time, she delivers another human being "after her own kind". Government does not determine who is a human being nor who is a person.
The woman's body is designed to carry a baby inside it to provide nourishment and protection during the formative period until birth. The baby's body begins when the male sperm and the female ova (egg) unite forming a distinct DNA with a different genetic composition than either the mother or the father. This new person is unique, meaning there has never been or ever will be another person like them. I am a human being therefore I am a person.
Freda M. Bush, OBGYN