Originally Posted by brewmenn
Sperm by itself will never grow into a person. It is no more "alive" than a drop of blood. The point at which a fetus can live outside the womb has been changing based on medical technology. A preemie that would likely have dies 100 years ago might survive today. Maybe in another 100 years we'll be able to grow a fertilized egg all the way from conception to "full term" outside of the womb. Does this mean we are changing when "life" begins?
I know, that's the issue in determining when "life" truly begins. There are many definitions. Sperm itself won't grow into a person, but they are alive.
Bacteria is a living thing. Humans, animals and insects are alive, so are plants.
Personally, I am pro-choice up until after the first-trimester. I don't think any abortion should be paid for by the government although I'm somewhat on the fence about that one, because if the Mother doesn't want the kid, it ends up in the system anyways.