When Does a Unique Human Being Begin?
When does fertilized human tissue become worthy of "personhood"? Many secular ethicists have taken the position that certain physiologic and psychologic characteristics must be present first. Up to that point the manipulation, experimentation, and resultant death of fertilized "clumps of cells" is acceptable as part of the process of improving the knowledge and medical care for those who already meet the requirements for protection as human beings with personhood. It is the opinion of the author of this website that the Bible is very clear as to when human life begins-fertilization of the ovum by the sperm, and that "personhood" begins at that time.
Psalm 139:13-16 KJV (JGL comments in parentheses).
13 For thou hast possessed my reins(inward parts-organs fetal child): thou hast covered me in my mother's womb (the growing fetal child in the embryonic sac).
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance (Frame:embryonic/fetal child with cartilaginous/bony frame forming) was not hid from thee ,when I was made in secret (out of site in the womb in David's day), and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth (the womb).
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect (the embryonic stage); and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them (God had a plan for David, and each of us from even before we were born).
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
Acts2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.