Scientist describes conception, the beginning of life

Scientist Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of down syndrome:

“… Each of us has a unique beginning, the moment of conception… As soon as the 23 chromosomes carried by the sperm encounter the 23 chromosomes carried by the ovum, the whole information necessary and sufficient to spell out all the characteristics of the new being is gathered…

A new human being is defined which has never occurred before and will never occur again… [It] is not just simply a nondescript cell, or a “population” or loose “collection” of cells, but a very specialized individual…”

Jerome Lejeune A Symphony of the Preborn Child, part 2 (Hagerstown, Maryland, 1989)

Quoted in Rick DeMichele Abortion: Come Now, and Let Us Reason Together (Meridian, Idaho: DayStar Publishing, 2010) 15

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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