9:19AM EST November 13. 2012 - LANSING, Mich. -- A case of whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after a parent's death can receive Social Security benefits comes before the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday.
[Attorney Victor] Bland argues conception shouldn't be defined solely by the moment when sperm meets egg, but is instead "a process."
In the case of the Mattisons, that process spanned many months and Jeff Mattison was alive for much of it, even injecting his wife with hormones to assist the process the night before he died, Bland said.
So on the abortion issue, conception happens at fertilization, but the child has no right to life.
On Social Security issue, conception happens before fertilization, and the child can get benefits.
I don't think this is going to fly.