Re: Abortion OK prior to implantation?

John W Burgeson (
Tue, 10 Feb 1998 10:56:01 -0700

Brian wrote:

>>As you may have gathered from an earlier post I made from work today,
definition of "zygote" is a "fertilized egg" or "one-celled embryo."
Those are
pretty standard definitions that you would find in any developmental
textbook. I don't find the transition between the use of the terms
"embryo" and
"fetus" to be terribly meaningful when it comes to ethics. It is a
arbitrary designation, as far as I am concerned. I prefer to think of a
continuum of human development that begins with the zygote and continues
after birth until adulthood, and some might argue, even until death.>>

I'll accept your claim about the definitions, as a biology book is likely
to be more accurate than even an unabridged dictionary. As a matter of
fact, I don't disagree with anything you've said in the above! (Sorry,



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