Some researchers in Britain have found that the human heart starts beating earlier than we thought:
DAILY MAIL – A baby’s first heartbeat happens as early as 16 days after conception, a new study has discovered.
Until now, researchers thought that the first time our heart muscle contracted to beat was at 8 days after conception in mice which equates to around day 21 of a human pregnancy.
Now, a team funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the University of Oxford have found it is far earlier.
In the study, published today in the scientific journal eLife, researchers studied the developing mouse heart and found that the muscle started to contract as soon as it formed the cardiac crescent – an early stage in heart development.
In mice, this crescent forms 7.5 days after conception, which is equivalent to day 16 in the human embryo.
Previously, it was thought that the heart started to contract a stage later, when the heart appears as a linear tube.
The point of this study wasn’t about abortion or anything like that, it was about fighting congenital heart disease.
But that said, to me it just affirms that abortion is murder as the functions of life have already begun. I’ve always believed life begins at conception for the simple reason that it is the beginning of the life process that ends 9 months later when the child is born. Nothing else has to happen for that process to continue.
It is the life process that God created – it is sacred and should be protected.