Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 16, 2002 12:20 PM
Then at what point does it become a human being? 128 cells? 256? 2^10? 2^20? Some arbitrary time period like the first trimester?
The only definitive, discrete point in its development is conception. Before, the sperm and egg cells are distinctly of the parents, and cannot develop into a baby. After, it's a matter of time and nourishment until it's born, unless an abortion or miscarriage end the pregnancy prematurely.