Geneticist testifies about when life begins

The late Dr. Jerome Lejeune, one of the world’s foremost authorities in genetics and discoverer of the cause of Down’s Syndrome, testified in the Municipal Court at Morris County, New Jersey, on April 13, 1991:

“Each of us has a very unique beginning, which is at the moment that all the information necessary and sufficient to be that particular human being, which we will call later Peter or Margaret, depending on its own genetic make-up, when this whole necessary and sufficient information is gathered. And we now know from experience both in animals and now in human beings, that this moment is exactly the moment at which the head of the sperm having penetrated inside the ovum, then the information carried by the father encounter[s] in the same recipient cell, the information carried or transmitted by the mother; so that suddenly a new constitution is spelled out….

Now we know, and I think there’s no disagreement among biologists everywhere in this world, that after fecundation no new information goes in. Everything is there … just at the moment, after the entry of the sperm, or it is not enough, and it will fail. Either the whole information for the human being is there and the human being can develop and organize, or it is not there, and no human being will develop at all.”

Elana Muller Garcia, “A Symphony of Two Hearts,” The Human Life Review XVIII, No. 2 (Spring 1992): 32

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