Pro-Life writer quotes embryology textbook

Pro-life writer William M Connolly, in his book One Life:How the US Supreme Court Deliberately Distorted the History, Science and Law of Abortion, cites a textbook’s explanation of when life begins.

“A baby begins life as a single cell, smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, and would be only barely visible to the naked eye. This cell is created by the union of two parent cells: the female egg cell or ovum, and the male sperm cell.”

Geraldine Lux Flanagan The First Nine Months of Life (Simon & Schuster, 1962)

William M Connolly says the following about Flanagan’s book:

“Simon & Schuster published her book in 1962. So her intent in writing, it seems clear, was merely to be accurately descriptive, and not to weigh in on the abortion controversy…

Ms. Flanigan was educated at Vienna Gymnasium and Radcliffe College. She was a reporter for Life Magazine.

Her husband Dennis Flanagan was the editor of Scientific American. With clear, crisp photography and prose, her 1962 book beautifully illustrates the life of the developing human being from conception, to the first “cleavage” or cell division of the zygote, and at every stage thereafter…

Her book was praised by George W Corner, MD, Former Director of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and professor Emeritus of Embryology at Johns Hopkins University, who wrote the book’s forward.”

William M Connolly One Life:How the US Supreme Court Deliberately Distorted the History, Science and Law of Abortion (Xlibris, 2002) 109

Supreme Court Justices had this book at their disposal, but could not come to a conclusion as to whether a fetus was a person.

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