There is a grandeur in this view of life...while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a begining endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved
Charles Darwin

The Facts of Life: Science and the Abortion Controversy

Harold Morowitz & James Trefil authored a book, The Facts of Life; Science and the Abortion Controversy, elucidating and simplifying an issue that has been marred and mutantized with the culture memes of conservative politics and religious dogma. The abortion debate ascended to its political apogee mayhem with the Supreme Court’s decision of Roe v Wade, 1973. Both authors are George Mason professors, the former, biology, the latter, physics, address this philosophical, politically charge topic with a respectful nod to surreal dogma, but frame their arbitrative-like solution to this vitriolic debate in the natural world by utilizing the metric tools of science. My essay, Zygote Personhood is an Embryonic Ersatz relied heavily on this text as a reference, which is posted on my website: Personhood is recalculated within the metrics of survivability and humanism, not a single cell, the comingling genetic material zygote from amorous parents, and a dogmatic, purported ensoulment, which incidentally, is not substantiated in the bible, covered in another essay: Abortion Debate: Refuting the Biblical Authority. What makes us uniquely human to Morowitz and Trefil is an enlarge cerebral cortex and its synaptic connection, which incidentally, it maturation, is in sync with the physiological wall (~24 weeks) of survivability of the fetus: lungs and circulatory system are fragile, and there less than optimal function relegates the fetus outside the uterus poor prognosis. So, the evangelical arguments that abortion is an abomination and immoral fails the test(s) of scripture and biological sciences; this book persuasively drives the biological argument to counter centuries of dogma, politely…


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