The Cutest Thing You Ever Saw
Culture and Politics - Sex and Culture
Written by Douglas Wilson
Monday, 14 January 2013
The biblical view is that human life begins at conception, and
conception begins when the sperm fertilizes the egg. Human life must not
be defined environmentally as, for example, when that fertilized egg is
implanted in the uterine wall. We shouldn't want the definition of life
to be dependent on what other people vote to do about you.
Now this means for us that issues of life and death are razor thin.
We are claiming that one cell is a distinct human life, and which, so
far as it depends on us, is to be granted all the rights and privileges
that come with bearing the image of God. Every fertilized egg will live
For the secularists around us, this is staggering obscurantism.
each of us, have trillions of cells in our bodies, and they cannot
comprehend what we are even talking about. One tiny cell is a person?
They walk by sight, not by faith, which explains why they cannot see.
Because they will not see human life at conception (which must be done
by faith), they cannot see human life via ultrasound a week before
delivery (which can be seen with our eyes, if we have not lost them in
So personhood is a function of the Word. What does God say about it?
When does God say, "It has now begun"? The best answer to that question
-- and there are no serious contenders, really -- is that it begins at
conception. Conception can occur as soon as half an hour after
intercourse, or as late as five hours after. The male sperm -- about a
quarter of a billion of them each time -- are about evenly divided
between those that will result in a girl and those that will result in a
boy. As soon as one sperm penetrates the wall of the egg, immediate
changes occur to prevent others from getting in. And as soon as that
happens, the man outside is the father of a little girl or a little boy.
The fact that he doesn't know it yet is nothing to the point. He is
So instead of asking what to many is an abstract question -- when
does human life begin -- let us ask the same thing in another more
personal way. When does a man become a father? We all grant that not all
males are fathers, and that all males are born not-fathers, so the
transition must happen at some point. When does that transition occur?
We should take note of the fact that God did this to us deliberately.
Most of this is not visible to us, and it shouldn't be. God intends for
us to be pro-life with our minds. He is a precise God. This is
a human life here, just one cell, and ejaculate, with millions of
cells, is not. Human life is not a quantitative thing.
There is another ramification. No one can legitimately get as
emotionally distraught over an early miscarriage as over when a
five-year-old dies, though in both cases a child's life is lost. Giving
birth, naming, bonding, baptizing, and nursing are all part of the
God-designed process, and twine throughout our emotions naturally over
This is why a morning after pill doesn't seem like an outrage to
anybody. But follow the analogy out. The morning after pill doesn't seem
like an outrage because the single cell doesn't seem like a little
girl. But we know that if that cell is properly accepted, nourished,
loved, and prayed for, she will one day be the cutest thing you ever
saw. She will become what she is. In the same way, that morning
after pill will become what it is also. Outrages grow, and not just
little girls. Outrages have a DNA pattern also. They get bigger.
If children are nourished in the womb, the result will be true
blessing. If microscopic outrages are nourished in the womb, they too
will grow. They too will come to the day of delivery. And when they do,
there will be delivery, but no deliverance.