THE LIFE FOUNDATIONS NEXUS
PREBORTION (EMBRYOTOMATIC PREVENTION)
ABORTION (EMBRYOTOMATIC TERMINATION)
A Synthesis Of Scriptural Ethics And Science
This page is superseded, above all else, by our article titled Abortion FAQ.
Before you begin reading this article, we want to comment on the greatest problem that people have in determining whether abortion is murder.
How do I know that an unborn child is ALIVE?!
This problem is actually very easy to resolve. How do I know that an unborn child is alive? Well, if the unborn child is NOT alive, abortion is NOT murder and, if the unborn child IS alive, abortion IS murder. But WHICH IS IT?! If you can’t determine whether the unborn child is alive and you destroy the unborn child, you are POSSIBLY committing murder.
Would you take a handgun, load a single bullet, spin the cylinder, point it at the head of a newborn baby, and pull the trigger? WOULD YOU TAKE A CHANCE ON KILLING A NEWBORN BABY? WOULD YOU PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH A NEWBORN BABY?!
Destroying an unborn child, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHETHER THE UNBORN CHILD IS ALIVE, is the same as TAKING A CHANCE ON KILLING A NEWBORN BABY IN A GAME OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE! NO SANE PERSON PLAYS RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH NEWBORN BABIES! Therefore, (the Russian Roulette Principle):
NO SANE PERSON PLAYS RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH UNBORN CHILDREN!
Now, all that being said, you CAN know whether an unborn child is alive! Read on.
PREBORTION (EMBRYOTOMATIC PREVENTION) AND ABORTION (EMBRYOTOMATIC TERMINATION)
The ethics of Scripture are that murder and extortion are sins. What is extortion? Webster’s says “to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power.” Particularly, note the words “to obtain from a person by force.” A child born of rape is a child obtained from a woman by force. They are a child extorted from a woman. Any proper view of abortion must satisfy both God’s commandment against murder AND HIS COMMANDMENT AGAINST EXTORTION.
If a choice had to be made between murder and extortion, you would have to choose extortion and allow the unborn child to grow in the womb. However, this choice does NOT have to be made. Did God know that rape might occur when he planned the development of the unborn child? Yes. (This is not an implicit statement about God’s foreknowledge.) Could God have made his unborn child development plan take into consideration the possibility of rape? Of course. Should we not then see if he built anything into his unborn child development plan that would allow us to obey the commandment against murder and to prevent extortion? Of course.
Afifi, M.D. and Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
The cardiovascular and nervous systems are the first two systems to begin to function in the embryo. The heart beats at three weeks of gestation [underline ours]. The first neural reflex occurs at eight weeks [underline ours] and consists of hand withdrawal in response to stimulation of the lip region. Touching the lip region at eleven weeks leads to a more complex movement of swallowing. A more complex reflex response occurs at fourteen weeks in which touching the face region leads to complex response of head rotation and body stretching. At twenty-two weeks, stretching of the body and pursing of lips occur, and at twenty-nine weeks sucking movements appear. At birth, all reflexes are of brain stem origin with minimal cortical control.
Leviticus 17:11 says “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” The unborn child is not circulating its own “life of the flesh” until “the heart beats at three weeks,” that is, until the unborn child is three weeks old. Before then the “life of the flesh” is circulated by the mother’s heart alone. Before then, the unborn child is wholly a part of the mother. Before then the unborn child is inseparable from the mother. Before then the unborn child would die if it were removed from the mother’s womb, no matter what measures were taken to preserve its life. Before then the unborn child does not have everything it needs to survive on its own. Before then the unborn child is not self-sustaining. When God created Adam he was immediately self-sustaining, physiologically speaking. When a baby is born they are immediately self-sustaining, physiologically speaking. Therefore, a less-than-three-weeks-old, unborn child cannot be thought of in the same way that we think of a newborn child. This suggests the possibility that a less-than-three-weeks-old, unborn child is not yet alive. Someone might object that an unborn child must be alive because anything with tissue of any kind is alive. Not so. The body, the tissues, of the first man were created before he was alive (Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4).
When does life begin? Life begins when experience begins. Experience begins at least when sensory perception begins. Sensory perception begins when there is a nervous system. When does the nervous system first appear in an unborn child? Note from above, “the first neural reflex occurs at eight weeks.” In other words, a (primitive) complete nervous system exists at eight weeks; however, don’t jump to any conclusions.
K. Afifi, M.D. and Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
The next stage in development of the nervous system is called the stage of histogenesis (formation of tissues). During this stage of development, nerve cells (neurons) proliferate (multiply), then migrate from the center of the neural tube to a peripheral location, and finally mature by the growth of processes, myelination, and the development of contact with other neurons (synapses). Neuronal proliferation occurs between two and four months of gestation [underline ours]. Neuronal migration spans a period between four and nine months of gestation. Maturation continues for some years beyond birth.
Note the corroborating statement “neuronal proliferation occurs between two and four months of gestation.” Again, in the most conservative interpretation of the above text, it is eight weeks before there is neuronal proliferation, that is, a rapid increase in the number of nerve cells, which is necessary before you can have a (primitive) complete nervous system.
Now, are we saying that an unborn child is not alive before it is eight weeks old? No. What we are saying is that experience does not necessarily begin at conception and that, therefore, life does not necessarily begin at conception. When does experience begin? We don’t know. But we do know this: God says that a woman shall not have a child extorted from her. Therefore, it may be that God has built in a period of time during which a woman can prevent the extortion of a child. Is there divinely sanctioned PREBORTION (prevention, not abortion, of an embryotoma [unborn child]) in the Bible? Possibly. See Numbers 5:27,28.
Obviously, we need to know when life begins. We will first address this question in general terms. Does the Bible indicate when life begins? Yes. The Bible indicates that life begins sometime during a window (interval) of time. More specifically, the Bible teaches that, generally speaking, life does not begin until six days (reminiscent of Genesis 1:26-31) after conception. Note the words “generally speaking” (meaning “in most cases”). The Bible indicates that life might begin less or more than six days after conception. The Bible also indicates how to tell if this is the case and that we are required to determine whether or not this is the case before a prebortion, not abortion, is allowed.
We will now address the question of when life begins in specific terms. What follows is based on a forty-year study of both the Bible and the research and writings of over 5,000 ministers, theologians, and Bible scholars, over 7,000 doctors, and over 10,000 medical researchers. God has provided BIBLICAL AND MEDICAL PRINCIPLES that enable us to make a DEFINITE DETERMINATION as to whether or not life has begun in ANY GIVEN INSTANCE of procreation (reproduction). (IF YOU ARE AN ENCEINTE WOMAN, YOU CAN KNOW WHETHER THERE IS LIFE WITHIN YOU). We call these biblical and medical principles the “LIFE TEST PRINCIPLES.” Instruction in these principles will be found on the Life Test Principles page. In addition, the Life Test Principles will be taught at Pneumiatric Prebortion Counseling Centers. The Pneumiatry Institute is making plans to open its first Pneumiatric Prebortion Counseling Center sometime in the distant future.
IN ALL CASES THAT WE HAVE INVESTIGATED, the following is true:
There was time to prebort an embryotoma resulting from rape before life had begun.
IN MOST CASES, the following is true:
1. Prebortion during the first five days after conception is not a sin when conception is the result of rape or of one of a number of other special circumstances (which we will discuss in the future).
2. However, prebortion during the first five days is a sin in other cases.
3. Prebortion is never murder.
IN ALL CASES, the following is true:
1. While prebortion may not be a sin, abortion is.
2. While prebortion is never murder, abortion always is.
In conclusion, a seed is not planted until it has maturated. Why? It has no “life” within itself until it has maturated. Man was created on the sixth day and the conceptus maturates (generally speaking) on the sixth day. We will be providing photographic diagrams depicting the first seven days of the development of the conceptus. These diagrams show that the unborn child, that is, the embryoblast (the initial stage of the embryotoma [unborn child]), generally speaking, appears for the first time in the conceptus on the sixth day. The conceptus (containing the unborn child) is, generally speaking, ready to be implanted (“planted”) on the sixth day. Finally, you can see actual photographs of the first six days of the development of the conceptus at ABORTION – “THE SIXTH DAY RULE.”