A letter in our local paper quotes from Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”. Yes, it says the god knew you before you were even one cell.
The point being you were a person to the god even before conception. It brings to mind the Monty Pyton skit with its song, “Every Sperm is Sacred”.
There are various and arbitrary definitions of “when a human life begins”. These definitions change over time and from culture to culture. They even change within the Bible.
There is in the Bible discussion of life beginning with”breath”, conception and life at birth. No where are the words, “One cell at conception is a human being.”
There is not now, nor has there ever been, one consistently used definition of when a human life begins. There are even societies that do not assign full human status at birth.
The Supreme Court has made a ruling about abortion, but this is not the definition of human life adopted in our laws. We don’t not start the clock of life, legally, until birth.
I have never seen, not even once, a discussion of how to roll the theory that life begins at conception into our legal system. That’s because it’s all but impossible.
We don’t have a way for some public official to record when we have sex. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn conservatives are working on this.
Until then, we need stop pretending one cell is a human being.