23. Biology and History of Abortion. Global Problems of Population Growth (MCDB 150)
The idea that "life begins at conception" is not a scientific one. Since the disproof of 'spontaneous generation' (1668-1859), we have known that life only derives from life. Life arose billions of years ago and has continued since as a cycle. Assigning a beginning to a cycle (like the year) is arbitrary. The Bible describes the cycle as "Dust to Dust." Exodus describes a forced abortion as a property crime, but taking the life of the mother as a capital crime. The New Testament does not refer to abortion.
00:00 - Chapter 1. When Does Life Start?
17:41 - Chapter 2. Historical Belief in Spontaneous Generation
23:44 - Chapter 3. Fertilization as a Marker of Life's Beginning
27:55 - Chapter 4. Genetic Development
38:39 - Chapter 5. Life's Beginning as a Cultural Decision
48:03 - Chapter 6. Abortion in Law, Religion and History
01:05:40 - Chapter 7. Further Historical Origins on Life's Beginning
Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses
This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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