from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth. It includes the embryo or the fetus as well as the extraembryonic membranes.
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- n. The fetus or embryo, including all the surrounding tissues protecting and nourishing it during pregnancy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an animal organism in the early stages of growth and differentiation that in higher forms merge into fetal stages but in lower forms terminate in commencement of larval life
The conceptus from the very beginning is a human reality.
If, notwithstanding, such conceptions possess objective validity, they may be called conceptus ratiocinati (conceptions legitimately concluded); in cases where they do not, they have been admitted on account of having the appearance of being correctly concluded, and may be called conceptus ratiocinantes (sophistical conceptions).
My understanding is that "conceptus" means the product of conception. google it I thought it was easier to write "conceptus" than "fertilized egg".
In the case of sexual assault, however, the doubt is about whether there is anything i.e., a conceptus there at all.
Although the destruction of a conceptus cannot be absolutely ruled out, it is highly unlikely to occur as best we can determine given the current state of medical knowledge.
As we have already noted, the intention is certainly not to destroy a conceptus, and it is unlikely that contraceptive medications have an abortifacient effect.
The right to remove an unwanted conceptus from one's uterus, and to choose one's intimate partners, and to end life on one's own terms, are each threads in the same social blanket.
Those who believe that a fully human conceptus has full moral status from conception would need to decide how to classify such a chimera and may be confused by the situation.
However, the conceptus, no matter what its stage of development, while it is within the mother and therefore entirely dependant upon her for its life, is still a potential person rather than an actual person and therefore has no liberty rights.
I think that the life of an unborn conceptus can never have rights over the life of the mother.
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