In March 2005, Mike Ferguson announced the following [pdf] in questioning the director of the National Institute of Health:
Of course, the question of when life begins is not a question of someone’s personal ethics or their religion or anything else. It is a question of science. I think that is important to note for the record.
I will give Mike $200.00 from my own checkbook for his campaign if he can show me one scientific experiement that proves life begins when an egg is fertilized. One that conclusively shows that it is that moment, and not when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. Or when the fetus could live on its own outside the womb. Or at 24 weeks. Or when you can see fingers on the untrasound.
Seriously. $200.00 from my checking account he can report to the Federal Election Commission and use as proof that I have supported his campaign in return for one scientific experiment that proves a fertilized egg is a human being.
But I am not looking for sophistry, where you simply argue for it using sophistic methods. I’m not looking for you to say, “Human beings start when the genetic material is set, the genetic material is set when the egg is fertilized, so a human being starts when an egg is fertilized.” That’s just a circular argument where you define something in a way that proves your point, then proclaim your point is proven. Watch, I can do it too:
“Human life starts when an individual can live on their own outside the womb, fetuses have been kept alive outside the womb using modern science as early as 21 weeks, so life begins at 21 weeks.”
But that’s not science. That’s philosophical logic, and flawed philisophical logic at that. Really, it’s just asserting something you believe to be true but cannot prove.
But you say it’s science. And the basis of science is that something we consider true must be demonstrated by experiement, and that the experiment must be repeatable under similar conditions. So get me that experiment and I’ll drive the check over.
But if you can’t produce that experiement, stop saying it’s science. ‘Cause it’s not.
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