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When Life Begins: Why President Bush should ban partial-birth abortion

Lee Bockhorn

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We tend to assume that science involves demystification..But what's striking is how often modern science actually increases our sense of awe at the ineffable mysteries of the universe.

Nowhere is this more evident than in what science is now telling us about the development of nascent human life, as featured in the cover story of last week's issue of Time magazine.

[P]onder this wonderfully illustrative metaphor from the opening of Tsiaras and Werth's book: "Imagine yourself as the world's tallest skyscraper, built in nine months and germinating from a single brick. As that brick divides, it gives rise to every other type of material needed to construct and operate the finished tower--a million tons of steel, concrete, mortar, insulation, tile, wood, granite, solvents, carpet, cable, pipe and glass as well as all furniture, phone systems, heating and cooling units, plumbing, electrical wiring, artwork and computer networks, including software."

For the majority of Americans...the difficulty lies in determining how the law should distinguish between human life that must be protected and that which should still be subject to a woman's "choice." But science is making it increasingly difficult to draw that line at some arbitrary point...

[A] vote on partial-birth abortion would reveal a deep division within the Democratic party, and once again forcibly expose the party's utter confusion on matters of clear moral principle--whether it is the forthright defense of America from its avowed enemies, or the defense of late-term, unborn children from an abortion method for which the term "barbaric" is insufficiently strong.

Read the entire article on the Weekly Standard website.



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