Study: Life Begins at Fertilization According To 96% of 5,577 Biologists

An overwhelming majority of Americans say biologist should determine when life begins after conception and nearly all biologist say life begins at fertilization, according to a new study.

In the study titled “Balancing Abortion Rights and Fetal rights,” Dr. Steven Jacobs examines Americans’ attitudes towards abortion and when life begins.

Jacobs surveyed a sample of 3,883 Americans, asking them if they would prefer religious leaders, voters, philosophers, Supreme Court Justices are most qualified when life begins.

After a decade of investigation, Jacobs found 80 percent of Americans believe biologist should decide the question of when life begins, while 96 percent of 5,500 biologists that were asked contend life begins during insemination.  

Pro-choice participants, which comprised 86 percent of the participants, were more inclined to agree biologists’ have a greater capacity to determine when life begins.

When asked why they selected biologists, the group reportedly explained biologists are an authority on the subject because they are “experts in science and they are objective scientists.”

The sample was comprised of 62 percent of pro-life participants, 63 percent liberal, 54 percent socialist, and 66 percent Democrats. Fifty-seven percent of the participants were female and 43 percent were male.

The abortion debate “comes down to the question of whether we think personal autonomy is more important than the life of a human being,” an academic biologist argues in the study.

Sixty-three percent of the 5,577 biologists that participated in the study were predominantly non-religious, 89 percent were liberal, 92 percent were Democrats, 11 percent were conservative and 8 percent were Republicans.

Roe v. Wade legally settled the abortion debate in 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court found that a right to privacy outweighed states’ rights to regulate abortion, with the ultimate compromise being a restriction on third-term abortions.

A subsequent court ruling in Casey v. Planned Parenthood doubled down on the third-trimester prohibition, eliminating the arbitrary trimester distinction, instead allowing abortion only until viability, which with modern medical care is usually in the second trimester.

Yet, Democrat lawmakers insist outlawing partial birth abortion impedes on women’s reproductive rights.

An abortion bill signed in February by New York’s Governor Cuomo allows for all abortion restrictions to be lifted until the moment of birth. A similar proposal was put forth by Virginia Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran which would repeal any and all abortion restrictions until the mother gives birth. The failed   would have allowed abortion up to the moment that a woman is fully dilated, and a doctor would still be protected under the law if they performed an abortion.

Following Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of Republican-controlled states have passed legislation aiming to reduce access to abortion, in the hopes of sparking a legal challenge that could lead to the high court reconsidering its landmark 1970 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized medical termination of pregnancies.

Heartbeat bills have been passed in states including Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Missouri and Louisiana have similar bills being considered. These bills ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, considered to be around six weeks, although the Missouri bill looks to ban abortion at eight weeks.

A recent Hill/HarrisX survey found the majority of American voters support banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected – usually at about six weeks gestation, according to The Hill.

The poll, conducted in May, shows 21 percent of registered voters found the heartbeat bills to be “too lenient.” Thirty-four percent said the bills are “just right” and agree with abortion bans that begin when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Combined, that is 55 percent of Americans who believe that abortion should at least be limited to about six weeks gestation.  

4 thoughts on “Study: Life Begins at Fertilization According To 96% of 5,577 Biologists

  1. Alicia, please, for the love of God, have someone proof read your work. This is a very important piece of journalism that it’s diminished by basic writing errors. You can do much better.

  2. 96% of them are WRONG. Because life begins at CONCEPTION, which happens BEFORE fertilization. Fertilization is only the method when an embryo attaches and begins to start feeding, it is simply when the food comes to your table, but you have been sitting there before your food comes.

    The birth control pill works by creating an acidic environment at the area where the
    conceived embryo attaches to feed, thus not allowing him to attach, and thus
    the embryo dies by starvation. This is how the birth control pill works people,
    most people have no clue about this including many brainwashed Christians
    who are told lies about it. has a very well documented book on “does the birth control pill cause abortion”

  3. “Life Begins at Fertilization According To 96% of 5,577 Biologists”
    –BUT – it’s NOT “Settled Science” until the lunatic-left d-cRAT baby-killing extremists say so !!!!

  4. To be a little picky about it . . . . Life began 3.6 Billion years ago. Every one of the millions and billions of generations of life from the first cell to every living life form is simply an extension and modification of that first cell. Every cell between that first cell and you, the reader, managed to do two things, it managed to survive long enough to procreate and it managed to procreate. Sexual reproduction began about 1-1.2 Billion years ago in the Stenian period. The reproductive task got a little more complicated then but it was the same core process and ultimately it sped up the development of large, complex organisms dramatically. As far as we know sentience only came into existence with the six families of Hominids over the last million years or so and we, Homo Sapiens, are the last remaining sentient species. As a sentient species we have reached the moon, plumbed the structure of the atom, and invented great systems of thought – with much more to do. When it comes to the unborn, they are genetically full humans at the time of conception, everything that follows is an unfolding of biological programming that extends through birth all the way into the decay of old age.

    So to get it right
    The fertilized cell has all the parts of being human biologically in it and will unfold those developments over years.
    There are some key milestones along the way – developing to the point where you are viable without a placenta (~20 weeks), dreaming (23 weeks), the mechanical task of exiting the womb and entering the physical world (birth), acquiring language and self-reflective thought (childhood), procreating, etc. None of those milestones mark the beginning of life, life was present in the fertilized cell. None of those milestones define you as a human as opposed to some other life form (that was present at conception). Designating one of those milestones as the beginning of human life allowing the murder of the fetus before that is simply a wrong conception. If you had to pick a place other than the fact of conception, I would think that the onset of dreaming at 23 weeks is the logical one in that it is absolute, indisputable evidence of a form of sentience. From that point on you are killing not just a human life but a sentient human life/

    When you kill a fetus you kill a human, you end a human life – at an early stage of development but make no mistake, you are not killing a salamander.

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