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Defending life from the moment of conception

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Human development of an unborn child

A five-month old unborn baby
The face and hands of an unborn child at five months (when abortion is still legal)

What do human embryologists have to say about the beginning of human life?

"The scientific answer is that the embryo is a human being from the time of fertilization because of its human chromosomal constitution. The zygote is the beginning of a developing human."

Keith L. Moore, T.V.N. Persaud, Mark G. Torchia, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 8th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2013. p.327

In the menu to the left you will find descriptions of the stages of development of the new human being in his/her mother's womb. This extraordinary process is given visual form in our schools presentation through a remarkable video which takes students through each stage. With modern imaging technology students can gain insight into the humanity of their younger selves and keep in their memories the developmental details outlined below. SPUC also displays life-size foetal models for schools when presenting talks.

If there's any scientific terminology that you don't understand, you can look it up in the Glossary, or go to our References and Medical advisers pages for more background.

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Christopher Hitchens

That the most partially formed human embryo is both human and alive has now been confirmed ... we are the first generation to have to confront this as a certain knowledge