fertilized ovum


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fer·til·ized o·vum

an ovum impregnated by a sperm.
See also: zygote.
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The available evidence on mechanism of action, limited as it is, strongly indicates that levonorgestrol is a contraceptive, rather than an abortifacient; that is, it appears to prevent fertilization rather than preventing implantation of the fertilized ovum.
She draws one such analogy when she remarks:</p> <pre> Men and women who contribute to a situation in which it is foreseeable that a fertilized ovum might be conceived and make a woman pregnant against her will contribute no more to the woman's harm than does a woman who walks down a street late at night contribute to her own rape &hellip; Men and women who engage in sexual intercourse, therefore, cannot be held as contributing to the harm imposed on a woman by a fertilized ovum making her pregnant
Doctors would also be able to use donated ova and sperm to make a fertilized ova for transplant, and the transplant of a fertilized ovum could be possible using frozen ova discarded from the treatment of other infertile couples, according to the report.
I believe that a fertilized ovum is simply a single human cell, just like billions of others found in the body, each one with the potential of becoming a clone for a new human being.
These activities include promoting ovum growth and fertilized ovum implantation, and are exhibited by a sole substance.
It is not permissible, however, to initiate or to recommend treatments that have as their purpose or direct effect the removal, destruction or interference with the implantation of a fertilized ovum.
These hormones prepare the uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized ovum.
In this new procedure the DNA had been inserted into skin fibroblast cells, which are specialized cells, unlike previous procedures in which DNA was introduced into a fertilized ovum.
The drug, originally developed in France, is administered to women within 24-48 hours after intercourse before a fertilized ovum becomes implanted in the uterus.
In 1986 Louisiana enacted legislation defining any "in vitro fertilized ovum [as a juridical person].
At the moment of conception the fertilized ovum is a reality which has moral value, but not yet the moral value of human personhood.
A Catholic hospital will only refuse to provide contraception if in doing so a fertilized ovum would be destroyed, he said.