Quotes Against Abortion

Canada does not have a law on the books regulating abortion, we are utterly unlike any other country in the Western world in this regard. And this to our shame. This week has seen a debate in the Canadian Parliament over Motion 312 put forth by a Conservative backbencher, Stephen Woodworth MP, to debate when human life begins (for more info see Pass 312 and Brian Lilley’s video from Sun News who also interviews the grandmother who has spent time in jail for abortion protests). Canada’s antiquated definition that a human life begins after birth needs to be reconsidered in light of recent scientific research. But members of Parliament on the pro-choice side do not want this question even to be debated, because they know that when the facts come about that a human life begins at conception, Canadians will want to redress their legal position on abortion. What is most horrifying to me in all this is that our supposedly pro-life Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated that he will oppose M312, even though it was brought forward by one of his own MPs. This is categorically appalling, and to think that I voted for Harper in every election he ran in.

Below is a collection of quotes relating to when human life begins primarily, and other pro-life issues. Please note, I did not research all of these quotes myself, but culled them from various pro-life sites to post on my Twitter feed as M312 was debated last week. As I was searching various sites, I noticed that they were not comprehensive enough, and thought that there needed to be a better place where all of these quotes are collected. I cannot verify that all of these are accurate or in the right context. Please feel free to contact me about a quote, whether you think one needs to be added or removed.

Before we get to the quotes, here is a link to Woodworth’s speech before Parliament during last week’s debate, it needs to be read: “Plea to MPs.” I also want to direct readers to my friend Mark Nenadov’s concise and helpful piece, “A Libertarian Argument Against Abortion.”


” There is no more appropriate moment to begin calling a human ‘human’ than the moment of fertilization.” Dr. Fritz Baumgartner, UCLA.

“Human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood.” Dr. A. M. Bongiovanni, Professor of Pediatrics and the University of Pennsylvania.

“The beginning of a single human life is from a biological point of view a simple…matter—the beginning is conception.” Dr. Watson A. Bowes, University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

“From the moment of sperm-egg fusion, a human zygote acts as a complete whole with all the parts of the zygote interacting in an orchestrated fashion to generate the structures and relationships required for the zygote to continue developing towards its mature state… The zygote acts immediately and decisively to initiate a program of development that will, if uninterrupted by accident, disease, or external intervention, proceed seamlessly through formation of the definitive body, birth, childhood adolescence, maturity, and aging, ending with death. This coordinated behavior is the very hallmark of an organism. Mere human cells, in contrast, are composed of human DNA and other human molecules, but they show no global organization beyond that intrinsic to cells in isolation. A human skin cell removed from a mature body and maintained in the laboratory will continue to live and will divide many times to produce a large mass of cells, but it will not re-establish the whole organism from which it was removed; it will not regenerate an entire human body in culture. Although embryogenesis begins with a single-cell zygote, the complex, integrated process of embryogenesis is the activity of an organism, not the activity of a cell.” Dr. Maureen Condic, Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Utah.

“I wish everybody would witness a second-trimester abortion before developing an opinion about it.” Dr. George Flesh, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Harvard-Vanguard.

“By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception.” Prof. H. Gordon, Mayo Clinic.

“In order to terminate a pregnancy, you have to still a heartbeat, switch off a developing brain.” Christopher Hitchens, journalist and author.

“When fertilization is complete, a unique genetic human entity exists.” Dr. Christopher Hook, M.D., Mayo Clinic.

“Having worked as a labor and delivery nurse…I’ve seen ultrasounds…you know that those babies are real.” Naomi Judd, country singer.

“The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.” C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General.

“If the unborn is a human person, no justification for abortion is adequate.” Greg Koukl, apologist and philosopher.

“Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.” Dr. Jerome LeJeune, University of Descartes.

“[It] is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence.” Dr. Jerome LeJeune, University of Descartes.

“After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being.” Jerome LeJeune, University of Descartes.

“It is not a loss of inert, amorphous tissue, but of a growing being unique in history.” Frederica Mathewes-Green, religion writer.

“It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive. It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception.” Micheline Matthews-Roth, Harvard Medical School.

“Instead of helping women in Roe v. Wade, I brought destruction to me & millions of women.” Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade.

“The basic fact is simple: life begins not at birth, but conception.” Ashley Montague, Harvard and Rutgers.

“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” Keith L. Moore and T. V. N. Persaud in their book on embryology, The Developing Human (W. B. Saunders, 1998).

“We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures.” Dr. B. Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL.

“There is no longer serious doubt in my mind that human life exists from the very onset of pregnancy.” Dr. B. Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL.

“The evidence I see tells me the unborn is a human being.” Dolores O’Riordan, singer of The Cranberries.

“As an O.B. doctor of thirty years, and having delivered 4,000 babies, I can assure you life begins at conception.” Dr. Ron Paul, Pediatrician and U.S. Congressman.

“Scientifically, there’s no debate over whether the fetus is alive and human.” Dr. Ron Paul, Pediatrician and U.S. Congressman.

“So the time line of when we consider a fetus ‘human’ is arbitrary after conception.” Dr. Ron Paul, Pediatrician and U.S. Congressman.

“Human life commences at the time of conception.” Dr. Landrum Shettles, pioneer in sperm biology and fertilization.

“You don’t have the right to be left alone with that abortion decision. The child is present…you are not alone.” Douglas Wilson, pastor and theologian.

“Every woman knows that if she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child nor think of murdering one before its birth.” Victoria Woodhull, leader in women’s suffrage movement.

“Recognizing the reality that children are human beings before complete birth will affirm the hallowed principle that human rights are universal, not a gift of the State which may be cancelled.” Stephen Woodworth, Canadian Member of Parliament.

Stay tuned to this post, as I find other quotes, I’ll add them.