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The main points of Bajema's argument can be found in the following extract from his book Abortion and the Meaning of Personhood. He writes as follows:

The whole matter of man's value (his dignity and inviolability) rests biblically on the fact that man is divine image-bearer. . . .
The fact of being created in the image of God determines man's status and nature. . . . Because of his privileged position relative to God, man may not be touched by the violent hand of his brother. . . .
The word used in common nonbiblical parlance to describe man in this state of uniqueness and inviolability is the term "person." It is to the person that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the right not to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. . . .
It could, of course, be objected that all of the above is true, but it is true only for man. And then the question could be asked: Does the Scripture ever really say that what is sexually conceived by man is from the moment of its conception man ?
The answer is "no" if one is expecting Scripture to provide a scientific statement on when individual man begins. The answer is "yes" if one is expecting Scripture to provide a theological understanding of man from the point his beginning to the point of his end. . . .
In Genesis 4:1 it says: "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, 'I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.'" Notice: she conceived Cain and she bore Cain. The man Cain is there from conception.

Reference: Clifford Bajema, Abortion and the Meaning of Personhood, p. 30-32.