Monday July 23, 2001
Politicians Shouldn't Decide
BY John Slevin,, Contributor
FRESNO STATE -- The Senate
is trying to decide when "life" begins? This is an example of the
type of question that politicians should not touch. Moral questions
cannot be answered by political groups.
Indeed, the question of when life begins
has been around for millenniums and has a variety of answers. Some
believe that the sex act itself is when life begins, while others
think it's when the sperm and egg join.
Still others think life begins when the
embryo loses its tail and pig-like nose and begins to resemble a
I've read that life begins when certain
chemical reactions cause a heartbeat-like vibration to start. A
lot of people think that life begins when the fetus is capable of
surviving outside the womb, while others stick with simplicity and
say that life begins at birth.
The answer to the question is moral and
personal and changes over time and culture. Still, I like what my
grandparents had to say: "Life begins when the kids go off to college
and the dog dies."
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