What Makes Us Human?

How is one determined as a human being? Definitions of a “human being” include any individual of the genus Homo, especially a member of the species Homo sapiens and a person, especially as distinguished from other animals or as representing the human species. As you know, humans have a unique genetic makeup that makes us human rather than a bird or a fish. Even though each individual person has a different DNA code, we all have DNA and genetics that makes us a human.

Some argue that the unborn children are a “part of the woman’s body, like a leg or an arm.” Now, all parts of a woman’s body share the same genetic code and DNA as herself. However, we know for a fact that unborn children develop a DNA code all of their own when conception occurs.

Now, humans can only be created from other humans. A mother’s egg is fertilized by a father’s sperm, and that’s how humans are made. Humans have different genetic code from other humans, making them unique, but also have genetic code that makes them human, which all humans contain. A baby gets their DNA and genetic code the moment they are conceived. So, a baby is a human from the moment of conception. Some argue that the baby is a “potential human.” However, we can say that the baby already has a genetic code different from the parents’ that makes them human.

Now, some may debate that the baby is “not alive.” Life is defined as the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally. Well, unborn babies certainly aren’t inorganic objects like rocks and metal, and if they haven’t lived yet, they couldn’t die, and if they are alive, then they can’t be dead. Apparently life is “manifested by growth.” Unborn babies grow and adapt to the environment they are in—the mother’s womb. So far, we can conclude that the baby is human and has life.

Now, some argue that these unborn babies aren’t “people” yet. What does it take to achieve personhood? Must you be white, black, or any other color? Must you be a boy or a girl? Must you reside in a certain place? Must you be a certain age? A person is a human, no matter what gender or race. To be a person, you must be human, which we already have determined the unborn child to be. In the past, we have deemed people “not persons” because of race (Jews in Holocaust, African Americans with slavery). The consequences of taking it upon ourselves to deem one “not a person” are fatal. Millions have perished as results.

Now people debate over this issue, claiming that “we can’t know for sure whether a fetus is alive or not.” If this were true, wouldn’t we want to give the baby the benefit of the doubt? Wouldn’t we, just to be on the safe side, want to protect the babies just in case they were alive? Would a hunter shoot into a bush that may or may not contain a human? Would we hit the brakes or drive if we thought we saw a person in front of our car? Why do these children not get the benefit of the doubt?

These are all facts in this, not just opinions. Unborn children ARE human, ARE alive, ARE people, and they DESERVE OUR PROTECTION. To take innocent lives is a tragedy. When will we see the mistake we have made in letting people kill their children? How many more have to die before we stop ignoring the facts and start believing the truth?


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