Dr. Mark Green: Twenty-three chromosomes from the mom and 23 from the dad create a separate, unique child. If you take a fertilized human egg and place it on ice, years later you can implant it and it grows into a child. The science of embryology is simply fascinating.

This past Sanctity of Life Sunday compels us to acknowledge our responsibility to those among us who cannot protect themselves. Whether young, in the womb, aging, handicapped or healthy, all people have the “inalienable rights endowed by our Creator.” Our constitution acknowledges, and establishes a government to protect those God-given rights.

Abortion is a tough, personal issue that has been mishandled by political leaders of all persuasions. However, principled policy can be accompanied by authentic care and sensitivity.

The modern facts of embryology seem to be disregarded for convenience sake and based on emotion. We now know the baby, tethered by an umbilical cord, is not a part of the mother. The blood supplies are not supposed to mingle and when they do often times the mother’s antibodies attack the child as a foreign invader.  Even the DNA of the child is distinct from the mother, holding as mentioned above, half the father’s 23 chromosomes. In fact, the difference between a child nursing at the breast the day after birth, and being fed through an umbilical cord the day prior is incredibly small.

While the politics swirl in debate, accusations, anger and frustration, the fact remains that the developing baby is a human being. The Bill of Rights, assuring us all due process, applies to that child. He or she has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness like anyone of us, no matter how conceived.

Sanctity of Life Sunday reminds us that life is a gift of a creator and it is thus divine. It is our duty to protect it, to see it grow, to see it contribute his or her God-given abilities to the world. Let’s renew our bold stand for life of the unborn, but let’s never forget the impact the horrible crimes of rape and incest perpetrate on the lives of many women.  While we stand for those children we must find a way to serve the women who bear the scars of such horrible actions.  Doing so brings sanctity to both.

Mark Green is both a Tennessee state senator and a physician, and serves as vice chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

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