No, it is exactly suited to describe a zygote. But, for whatever it is worth, a toenail contains all of the same DNA that a zygote has. Shall we make clipping one's toenails illegal?"And the fact is that zygotes are NOT complex at all. The zygote is an undistinguished mass of cells, each identical to the others."
...and rapidly growing and developing. As was noted earlier, the "undistinguished mass of cells" has enough genetic information to design a completely new individual. Your description would be better suited for toenail cells.
No, a is frequently the case on this thread, what I post is either medical fact or religious belief, and the two are pretty easy to distinguish. If I am talking about an embryo, I am talking about medical facts. If I am talking about souls, it is religion. And the medical fact is that a fetus at less than 24 weeks is HIGHLY unlikely to survive. At 23 weeks, it requires specialists and extensive, specialized (and EXPENSIVE!) medical equipment to have even the slightest chance of "survival" I say "survival" because at that point, the likelihood is very high that the infant will suffer mental and physical defects."Soundslike Condic is putting her philosophy ahead of the facts. The fact is that an embryo has no indepentant existance outside the mother, thus it cannot be called a living human being. "
Says who? You're just asserting what you want to be true. It's living, and it's a member of homo sapiens. Living human being.
No human beings are harmed by an abortion."Thalidomide is legal. What were you thinking?"
"It was sold from 1957 until 1961, when it was withdrawn after being found to be a teratogen - a cause of birth defects."
Now it might be legal for people who aren't pregnant, which would include all men, but that's besides the point, isn't it?
"Besides there is a HUGE difference between choosing to abort, and choosing to do something that will condemn a human being to a lifetime of suffereing. You might as well claim that I have the right to come and cut off your arms and legs. "
Choosing to abort is a choice to deny a human being the right to any lifetime at all. Let's say that because of complications arising from the drug, the crippled newborn days days after birth. No "lifetime of suffereing."
Robert A. Heinlein once said that the best way to lie is to tell PART of the truth. You seem to know that already...
Thalidomide (from the same Wikipedia article that YOU partially quoted!): Modern uses of thalidomide (trademarked as Thalomid, according to FDA Orange Book) include treating multiple myeloma in combination with dexamethasone, and erythema nodosum leprosum, with strict controls on its use to prevent birth defects. Research is ongoing in its use to treat other cancers and autoimmune conditions...