Re: The Bible regarding life at conception
You have an enviable knowledge of the scriptures, Jack. Thank you. Though the passages quoted are not as specific as one might like, the implications drawn from them are reasonable.
A related historical issue is the old Common Law "born alive rule." If a pregnant woman was beaten and her child was still born it was not murder, but if the child was born alive before it died of the injury inflicted a charge of murder could be brought. This ancient doctrine is still the law in many common law jurisdictions. This rule has always been something of a puzzle, given how religious and conservative the old British judges tended to be back then.