When does human life begin? Most people would agree it’s at conception – when the sperm fertilizes the egg.
I know that’s an uncomfortable subject for pro-choice activists because they don’t want to think about a bundle of cells as a human life. It’s not a human life unless they want it. If they don’t want it, it’s just a “woman’s health issue.” Like a cold sore or a genital wart.
But the creation of life is a miraculous thing, and if these astonishing images don’t prove it, I don’t know what will.
As the Telegraph reports, Human life begins in a bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.
An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.
The bright flash occurs because when sperm enters an egg it leads to a surge of calcium which triggers the release of zinc from the egg. As the zinc shoots out, it binds to small molecules which emit a fluorescence which can be picked up by camera microscopes.Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans.
Aside from just being cool to see, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilized egg, which can aid fertility doctors in choosing the most viable eggs for in vitro fertilization.
“Fireworks” have often been used as a visual metaphor for “lovemaking” which itself is a euphemism for you-know-what – but based on these images, it seems those fireworks are indeed real.
The creation of human life is not only miraculous but beautiful as well.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]