MCDB 150 - Global Problems of Population Growth
Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion. The idea that "life begins at conception" is not a scientific one. Since the disproof of 'spontaneous generation' (1668-1859), we have known that life only derives from life.
Life arose billions of years ago and has continued since as a cycle. Assigning a beginning to a cycle (like the year) is arbitrary. The Bible describes the cycle as "Dust to Dust." Exodus describes a forced abortion as a property crime,
but taking the life of the mother as a capital crime. The New Testament does not refer to abortion.
|Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion|
|[00:00:00]||1. When Does Life Start?|
|[00:17:41]||2. Historical Belief in Spontaneous Generation|
|[00:23:44]||3. Fertilization as a Marker of Life's Beginning|
|[00:27:55]||4. Genetic Development|
|[00:38:39]||5. Life's Beginning as a Cultural Decision|
|[00:48:03]||6. Abortion in Law, Religion and History|
|[01:05:40]||7. Further Historical Origins on Life's Beginning|
|Lecture 23 - Biology and History of Abortion
Instructor: Robert Wyman. Resources: Notes - Lecture 23 [pdf]. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].
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