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August 18, 2006

Human Life Begins At The First Heartbeat, During The Third Week After Conception.

By Rev. Bill McGinnis

Therefore, the "Morning-After" Pill and similar soon-after-conception methods of birth control are not prohibited by the Bible.


(And life ends immediately after the last heartbeat, unless extraordinary means are used to extend it. Thus the beginning and the end of normal human life are defined by the first and last heartbeats.)

Jesus Teaches Us Always To Seek The Truth

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall
make you free." ( John 8:32 KJV)

We may have strong feelings and beliefs about a subject such as abortion, but some of our feelings and beliefs might be false. Jesus teaches us to seek the truth, no matter where it leads.

Christians Search The Bible For Moral Truth And Guidance

The Bible is the inspired written Word of God, sufficient to guide all human action, for all people, at all times. Although its Source is infallible, the Bible itself is not perfectly infallible because fallible humans have introduced human error into it. Also, the Bible cannot always be understood literally, because it contains figures of speech which are never intended to be taken literally. Nevertheless, the Bible is the highest written authority in all matters which it discusses. And if it is properly understood and properly applied, it is a sufficient moral guide for all human action.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:

"That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works."

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)

The Bible Prohibits The Taking Of Innocent Life

This prohibits abortion (after life begins) in all but the most extreme cases of necessity.

Exodus 23:7 (KJV)
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay
thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Deuteronomy 19:10 (KJV)
That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God
giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.

Deuteronomy 27:25 (KJV)
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the
people shall say, Amen.

Psalm 106:38 (KJV)
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their
daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land
was polluted with blood.

Proverbs 6:17 (KJV)
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

The Bible Also Teaches Us That "Life Is In The Blood."

"But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood
thereof, shall ye not eat." (Genesis 9:4 KJV)

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have
given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for
your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement
for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11 KJV)

"For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for
the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of
Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for
the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth
it shall be cut off." (Leviticus 17:14 KJV)

"Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood
is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh."
(Deuteronomy 12:23 KJV)

This means that human life does not begin until blood is present in the embryo.

Therefore, Life (As The Bible Understands It) Cannot Begin At The Moment Of Conception, Because There Is No Blood Or Heartbeat Present Until Sometime During The Third Week Of Pregnancy.

Here is the early timeline of fetal development, from Pro-Life America, an anti-abortion organization. It shows that the first heartbeat occurs at the eighteenth day after conception, and that blood is pumped at the twenty-first day.

Day 1 - conception takes place.
7 days - tiny human implants in mother's uterus.
10 days - mother's menses stop.
18 days - heart begins to beat.
21 days - pumps own blood through separate closed circulatory system
with own blood type.
28 days - eye, ear and respiratory system begin to form.
42 days - brain waves recorded, skeleton complete, reflexes present.
7 weeks - photo of thumbsucking.


THEREFORE the Bible does not prohibit terminating pregnancy before the first heartbeat, during the third week after conception. Thus the so-called "morning-after pill" and other soon-after-conception methods of birth control are not prohibited by the Bible.

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Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -


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