Rule 1

Rule 1 – The start of life
2009.10.01 CE

Rule 1 – Life begins when a woman wants to bring the pregnancy to fruition, or when the fetus can be artificially sustained outside the womb, or once the baby is born (alive and no longer a part of the mother).

Rule 1 is number one because we need to know when life begins.

This leaves the beginning of life strictly up to the mother. The father involved may have an objection to this but until men start dying in childbearing or childbirth than their opinion is not so very important to me since no one has the right to require anyone else to put their lives in danger just for their sense of morality. As such I will take the word of the person that can die from the pregnancy.

We define life as beginning when the mother wishes to have the baby, or when society can artificially sustain the fetus outside of the womb at the expense of society, and finally if there is some hesitation on the part of the mother then once the baby is delivered either naturally or through C-section it should be considered as a person. If you honestly believe that every conceived zygote must be brought to life, then you will invest as much as you can in the science of maintaining a zygote/fetus outside the woman’s body so you are not endangering other peoples life. If you are unwilling to spend your time, money and effort on this, then don’t ask me to be sympathetic to your cause.

There is always a question of what if the mother says nothing? And to that the answer is that one always assumes that by saying nothing you approve of the situation, so she would be approving of the pregnancy.

And according to other religions life begins when:

“Buddhist sources have been quite clear that individual human life begins at conception, a view widely shared in contemporary Buddhist societies.”

In their Bible there is no clear definition as to when life begins.

No clear definition as to when life begins

“. . . telling us life starts at conception, when the astral body of the newborn child-to-be in the Antarloka is hovering over the bodies of the mother and father. “

“The fourth hadith compiled by al-Nawawi. . .”
“Verily the creation of each one of you is brought together in his mother’s womb for forty days in the form of a nutfah (a drop), then he becomes an ‘alaqah (clot of blood) for a like period, then a mudghah (morsel of flesh) for a like period, then there is sent to him the angel who blows his soul into him. . .”

Although the Jewish tradition is life begins when the baby is ½ way out, there is no stated beginning.

No clear definition as to when life begins.

No clear definition as to when life begins.

“… Since, we do not know with 100% surety at what stage of pregnancy does life begin. . .”

No clear definition as to when life begins.

A child is said to be formed, and a soul added to its body, after a woman has been pregnant for four months and ten days (Anquetil II, 563).

Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Zoroastrians have varying degrees of the definition of when life begins, thus, all of them have a defined point of determining when their actions are right and wrong according to their beliefs. And although we may disagree with them on certain points we can at least make an accurate determination of when they are doing right or wrong based on their beliefs.

Christians, Confucians, Jainists, Shintos, Jews, and Taoists do not have a defined definition for when life begins and as such neither they nor anyone else can say for sure when their actions in this matter are morally correct or incorrect. They are moving targets and as such arguing with them will be unproductive as they can claim whatever else in their beliefs they wish. This leaves an extremely important moral issue up to the individual instead of being well-defined and well understood by all amongst themselves and amongst those who must deal with them.

Hindus and Buddhists are the only religions that define life as beginning at conception. The remaining religions leave us with becoming a living human being as a process which does not have a clear demarcation point but rather is a slow transition which has no specific point in time you can put your finger on and say this is the absolute moment when you are alive

That being the case, our definition solves three problems. The first is how do you treat fetuses in cases of deliberate or accidental harm resulting in termination of their associated pregnancy. In this case if the mother has not stated anything to the contrary it must be accepted that the fetus was intended to be brought to full term and thus would be protected as anybody else against physical harm. In other words the accidental harm to the fetus would be treated the same as the accidental harm to anyone. And the deliberate harm to the fetus would be treated as the deliberate harm to anyone else.

The second problem is our basic instinct to preserve all possible life. And since our definition of life is that it is a transitional thing with no absolute line of demarcation from nonliving to living we say that if society has the capability of maintaining a life external to the womb it is societies job to do that and remove any threat from the woman if she so chooses.

The third thing it addresses is that once the fetus is capable of surviving on its own outside the womb than we can safely say it is alive and needs to be treated as such even if it is not outside the womb.

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