By Katie McCann
Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, at www.ohiolife.org/human-development.
“The life of a baby begins long before he or she is born. A new individual human being begins growing in the mother’s uterus at fertilization and, if the baby’s life is not interrupted, he or she will someday become an adult man or woman.” In 2008, over 43 million * unborn babies were killed worldwide.  In the United States, over 53 million unborn babies have been killed since abortion was legalized in 1973, and more than 1.2 million are killed each year.
As the world-renowned French geneticist Jerome LeJeune asserted, “To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. The human nature of the human being from conception to old age is not a matter of metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence.”
The scientific evidence is beyond dispute:
The unborn baby is alive from the moment of fertilization.
The unborn baby has 46 chromosomes in the cells of his or her body – the scientifically verifiable human genetic code.
The unborn baby from the moment of fertilization is a unique human being – never to be repeated in all of history.
The unborn baby is complete. He or she is programmed from the inside for an ongoing process of growth and development.
The unborn baby has a heartbeat at three weeks and brain waves at six weeks.
Nothing magic occurs at birth which suddenly makes an unborn baby human. The baby is the same baby, whether inside or outside the uterus. Every unborn baby is a complete, individual living human being from the earliest moment of his or her existence at fertilization.
*Editor’s note. The latest number of abortions is over 55 million.
 National Right to Life Committee, “When Does Life Begin?,” National Right to Life, National Right to Life Committee, 1993, Web. 19 July 2012, www.nrlc.org/abortion/wdlb/wdlb.html
 Guttmacher Institute, “Numbers and Rates: global and regional estimates of induced abortion, 1995, 2003, 2008,” Worldwide Abortion: Legality, Incidence and Safety, Guttmacher Institute n.d., Web. 19 July 2012, www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/abortion-WW/graphics.html
 Steven Ertelt, “United States Sees 53 Million Abortions Since Roe in 1973,” LifeNews.com, LifeNews.com, 26 November 2010, Web. 19 July 2012, www.lifenews.com/2010/11/26/nat-6891
 Guttmacher Institute, “Quick Stats,” Media Kit: Abortion in the United States, Guttmacher Institute, n.d., Web. 19 July 2012, www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/abortion-US/statsandfacts.html