A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago wrote and successfully defended his dissertation after asking thousands of scientists, “When does life begin?” And the results of his survey answer that very question.
The College Fix reports the result of Steven Jacobs’ work reveals a stunning fact about American academia in the field of biology: a large majority of professors overwhelmingly agree with the pro-life position that human life begins at conception even though their politics may not.
Jacobs asked three questions in the survey. The first question asked biologists to respond to the contention that the development of a mammalian organism begins at the moment of fertilization. Around 90 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative. To the question that “fertilization marks the beginning of a human’s life,” fully three-quarters of respondents said yes.
The third question was an essay question, “When does life begin?” According to the website, while nearly 90 percent of “very pro-life” respondents answered that it begins at fertilization, still nearly three-quarters of “pro-choice” respondents answered the same. Around three-fifths of “very pro-choice” respondents felt the same.
Even though he used questions firmly rooted in the premises of biological science rather than any political ideology, Jacobs told The Fix backlash to the survey was relentless and negative. However, Jacobs went on to defend his dissertation and was awarded his Ph.D.
The survey responses put a spotlight on the critical question that has come up throughout the abortion debate. Jacobs large-scale polling of credible biology professors may finally end the debate of exactly when life begins.