When does life begin? Some of us may think that it starts at birth, while others may say that it starts at conception. This argument has been going on ever since abortion was made available in this country.
On Jan. 22, 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States. I know a young lady who was born that day. She is now 29 years old. She and I keep in touch at least once a month. One day as we were talking, she shared how thankful and fortunate she was that she was not aborted. I later shared with her how thankful I am to have been given birth and adopted.
So when does life begin? I believe that life begins at conception. Imagine the span of a nine-month pregnancy. Twenty-five days after conception the baby's heart begins to beat. The brain, kidneys and liver begin to form. Within 26 days the arm buds appear. In 28 days the leg buds appear. By the third month features begin to develop on the face: eyelids, nose, ears, lips and a tongue. The arms have hands with fingers, soft nail beds and fingertips. The legs have knees, ankles and toes. Within three months we have a full developed human being.