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When Does Life Begin?

A recent international poll, arranged by Reproductive Biology Associates, showed that there are a lot of different opinions about when a human embryo is considered to be “alive”. The full results have not yet been published, but here is the information released so far.

International results:

  1. At detection of fetal heartbeat (23.5%)
  2. At fertilisation (22.7%)
  3. At implantation of the embryo in the womb (15%)

 

UK:

  1. At detection of fetal heartbeat (43%)
  2. At fertilisation (13%)

 

Australia:

  1. At fertilisation (47%)
  2. At detection of fetal heartbeat (7%)

 

North America: 

  1. At fertilisation (27% )
  2. At detection of fetal heartbeat (24%)
  3. At implantation of the embryo in the womb (18%)

 

Result by group affiliation: % choosing “at fertilisation”:

  1. In vitro fertilisation patients (38%)
  2. Roman Catholics (31%)
  3. Jews (30%)
  4. Agnostics (29%)
  5. Muslims (27% )
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October 30, 2008 - Posted by | General Science, Medicine | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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