Fertilization vs. Implantation–What’s the Difference?

Fertilization, Implantation, Difference, Pregnancy, Development, Abortion, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice

While spreading the basic message of valuing human life at all stages is very important, it is also important to educate people more deeply on issues of life.

For example, there are many people who do not understand the difference between the processes of fertilization and implantation.

First, it should be noted that fertilization and implantation are two of the first major events in a pregnancy.

But what is the difference?

Fertilization is the process in which the sperm meets the egg. This is the point where all the genes for this individual are created [1].

Implantation takes place when the fertilized egg travels to the uterus. At this time, it will stay there until birth, this is where the development occurs [2].

Although a preborn human life does not look like an adult human at the point of fertilization or implantation, this does not change the fact that the preborn human fetus is a living member of the human race at every stage in his or her development.

In order to truly respect and value human life, we must do so throughout a human’s entire life, not just during the points at which we decide arbitrarily.

These lives may not have the capability to defend themselves, but this does not mean that we should allow their lives to be taken so freely.



[1] Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center. (2011). “Fertilization and Implantation.” DMHRC, http://www.ivfinpune.com/fertilizationandimplantation.htm

[2] Ibid


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