the issue is “where should our society insert the power of the state into the matter”. Where should our society place the mark and employ the power of the state and the law to defend that mark, forever after but not before?
Your “statement of fact” conflated the word “life” to mean both cellular life and fully human life.
Rick Fischer

I truly enjoy the debate here. Allow me to add a point for consideration, a federal law that recognizes the fetus (including zygotes) as a living human being.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 is a federal law that recognizes the embryo/fetus as a legal victim if injured or killed — in utero- during the commission of various felonies. The law defines “in utero” as:

“a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb”

So, per federal law, if you kill a pregnant woman you most likely are on the hook for a double homicide. The law, as it is written, includes zygotes. How could anyone be guilty of a double homicide if they didn’t kill two human beings?

I will continue to emphasize that, while abortion is horrific and disgusting, giving women access to a safe abortion procedure is the better public policy.

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