Liberal Biology Professors Refuse to Say When Life Begins, But Science Confirms It’s Conception

Bioethics   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 10, 2018   |   2:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Academia swings hard left on the political spectrum, so it should come as no surprise that many biology professors are reluctant to admit that human life begins at conception.

A new investigation by the College Fix found that more than a dozen professors refused to answer the question, “When do individual human lives begin?” It is a biological question, though abortion activists try to manipulate the debate by turning it into a philosophical one.

Janice Knepper, a biochemistry professor at Villanova University, told The Fix that there is no right answer to the question.

“[S]cientists cannot answer the question, as it does not generate a testable hypothesis,” Knepper said. “Any answer is an opinion, and the opinion depends upon your definition.”

Case Western Reserve University biology professor Arnold Caplan shrugged the question off as “political … not scientific.”

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The 13 professors contacted by The College Fix were from a diverse group of schools including Stanford, Wichita State University, and Chapman University. 11 of the professors failed to respond to numerous emails. Two professors responded but dodged the question by claiming that it was not scientific.

The problem is that they are answering the wrong question. Scientifically, there is a right answer to when human life begins. Numerous sources point to the fact that a unique, individual human life begins at the moment of conception. Dozens of scientists and medical textbooks state this fact, and even some abortion activists admit it to be true. Jodi Jacobson, a well-known pro-abortion blogger, wrote in 2014, “Life Begins At Conception. That’s Not the Point.”

The biology professors that The Fix interviewed did not answer the scientific question. Instead, they chose to answer – or not answer – a philosophical question that was not asked but that abortion activists wrongly treat as the same question: When is a human life valuable? The only consistent answer is that every human life is valuable, from the moment it begins to the moment it ends. But that is not a convenient answer for the left’s pro-abortion agenda.