A common misconception is that life begins with conception. Surely, this is an aborted attempt at philosophizing à la Hegel, about how the concept comes first and then the reality. After all, in the beginning was not life or conception, but “The Word” and the word was god… meaning that we (or the gods) were once all conceiving philosophers, proof that gods and philosophers were originally female.
If we say that something begins with X, we are well positioned to ask Y; it’s the manly thing to do. Now, there is clearly something before conception, unless if it is spot on and not spotlessly immaculate, namely sex. But can we imagine the ruthless multipliers of human life (“if there can be a human being there should be a human being, even if we have no respect for actual human beings” … talk about abstract concepts) ever being willing to say: “Life begins with sex”. Then they would no longer be able to call themselves “pro-life” (insects, bacteria, etc. of course included), but they would have to adorn their bumpers and placards with “Pro-Sex.” The political damage would be inestimable, if only members of such groups as the Tea Party would be partying in bed rather than in the halls of congress.
So does life really begin with sex, since sex obviously precedes conception? I would argue, that is also should be x-ed out, with another y. After all, what comes before sex? Well, to be perfectly frank: LUST.
The churches had this of course long figured out, which is why they lamented that we are all conceived in sin, lust being one of the seven deadlier than thou. This is based on the painful experience that people who enjoy life on their free day often don’t come to church to repent that they enjoy life (and to thus pay their dues, conceptually and financially).
Following such venerable religions as well as plain logic, we therefore have to conclude that life indeed begins with lust. What happens before lust is hardly worth speaking of, unless in lusty words (in the beginning was not a word but the lusty word).
Our supreme command, if we are pro-life should therefore be: Thou shalt not abort lust. Human life manifests itself in, procures for, and results from unadulterated, unaborted lust. (A good reason for not having too many children, by the way, because lusty life can be hard to come buy if there are screaming, miserable, hungry children all over the world and in our bedrooms.)
But then, if one wants to spout simplistic slogans that make sense to single-cell life forms (such as a fertilized egg cell), one may not want to ask what comes before x and y meet in the birds and the bees. Lust is far too complex for single cells, I am told.