A Medical Definition of Life

"Medical authorities determine a person to be 'alive' if there is either a detectable heartbeat or brain-wave activity."

With that in mind, it is eye-opening to realize that unborn children have detectable heartbeats at 18 days after conception and detectable brain-wave activity 40 days after conception. What is so shocking is that essentially 100 percent of all abortions occur after the seventh week of pregnancy.

(From Sanctity of Life, by Charles Swindoll, Word, 1990, pp. 11-12)