Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. (Deut. 12:8)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
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|56 Days Old (8 weeks)|
The heart has been beating for more than a month, the stomach produces digestive juices and the kidneys have begun to function. Forty muscle sets begin to operate in conjunction with the nervous system. The fetus' body responds to touch, although the mother will not feel movement yet.
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|91 Days Old (13 weeks)|
The fetus now sleeps awakens and exercises its muscles energetically-- turning its head, curling its toes, and opening and closing its mouth. The fetus breathes amniotic fluid to develop its respiratory system. Fine hair has begun to grow on head and sexual differentiation has become apparent.
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|142 Days Old (19 weeks)|
Half the pregnancy has past, and the fetus is about 12 inches long. The mother has definitely begun to feel movement by now. If a sound is especially loud or startling the fetus may jump in reaction to it.
|2/3 of all abortions take place between 6 and 8 weeks||Abortion is now legal for any reason up until birth!|
"Life Begins at Conception,"
Geneticist Dr. Jerome Lejeune
He said the fertilized egg is the most complex cell in existence. It would take more than five sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica to hold the information contained in the fertilized egg. Each fertilized egg is a new human being -- unlike any person who has ever existed before or any who will ever exist again.
As the egg divides, the new cells are highly differentiated. At no time is the human being a blob or a mass of undifferentiated protoplasm; Dr. Lejeune explained that there is an enormous flow of information from generation to generation -- through the DNA. In a human being's first cell the information in the DNA is surrounded by matter. But, he said, there is no such thing as "living matter" -- there is only matter. It is more correct to say that the information in the DNA animates the matter around it. Over time, the amount of matter will increase. The body of an adult human being contains a great deal of matter. But the information in a person's DNA has not changed since the moment of conception.
The sleek muscles on the athlete, the propensity for music of the pianist, and the tiny hands that reach up to grandpa to say, "I love you" -- all of these things were decided at the moment of conception when a unique human being was created. Whether a person is male or female is also decided at that moment.
The tiny boy or girl created is every bit as human at conception as you or I -- only smaller and unable to defend his or her rights. He or she must depend on adults -- you and me -- for protection.
ABOUT PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION
Medical experts testified before congressional committees that it is never necessary to kill a baby who has been almost entirely delivered in order to preserve the life or health of the mother.
A doctor who has performed over 1000 partial-birth abortions acknowledged that he performs them "routinely" for non-medical reasons. He said that 80% are "purely elective".
A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Today, at 22-23 weeks, the baby is considered viable (able to live outside the mother's womb). Each year, there are at least 17,000 abortions performed after the twenty-second week of pregnancy.
Some people maintain that anesthesia given to the mother during a partial-birth abortion protects the baby from pain. However, this anesthesia has little or no effect on the baby, according to congressional testimony by the nation's leading anesthesiologists, including the President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Medical experts testified that babies at this age can experience great pain.
Hearings on partial-birth abortion were held in the U.S. Senate on November 17, 1995 and in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 15, 1995 and March 21, 1996.
Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps.
The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
In September, 1993, Brenda Pratt Shafer, a registered nurse with eleven years of experience, was assigned by her nursing agency to an abortion clinic in Ohio. Because of her "strong pro-choice" views, Nurse Shafer did not think this assignment would be a problem. This is her story.
I was present for three of these partial-birth procedures. It is the first one that I will describe to you in detail.
The mother was 6 months pregnant, 26½ weeks. A doctor told her that the baby had Down Syndrome, and she had to have an abortion. She decided to have this abortion. She came in the first 2 days to have the laminaria inserted and changed [to dilate the cervix], and she cried the whole time she was there. On the third day, she came in to have the partial-birth abortion procedure.
The doctor brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby. On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heartbeat. As the doctor watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, the baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen.
The doctor went in with forceps and grabbed the baby's legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby's body and the arms -- everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus.
The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.
The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. I was really completely unprepared for what I was seeing. I almost threw up as I watched the doctor doing these things.
Next, the doctor delivered the baby's head. He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used. I saw the baby move in the pan. I asked another nurse, and she said it was just reflexes.
I have been a nurse for a long time, and I have seen a lot of death -- people maimed in auto accidents, gunshot wounds, you name it. I have seen surgical procedures of every sort. But in all my professional years, I had never witnessed anything like this.
The woman wanted to see her baby, so they cleaned up the baby and put it in a blanket and handed it to her. She cried the whole time. She kept saying, "I am so sorry, please forgive me." I was crying, too. I couldn't take it. That baby boy had the most perfect, angelic face I think I have ever seen in my life.
I was present in the room during two more such procedures that day, but I was really in shock. I tried to pretend I was somewhere else, to not think about what was happening. I just couldn't wait to get out of there. After I left that day, I never went back. The last two procedures, by the way, involved healthy mothers with healthy babies.
I was very much affected by what I saw. For a long time --and sometimes still -- I had nightmares about what I saw that day.
I wish I hadn't seen what I saw. But I did see it, and I will never be able to forget it. That baby boy was only inches, seconds, away from being entirely born, when he was killed. What I saw done to that little boy, and to those other babies, should not be allowed in this country.
As told to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, November 17, 1995, and the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, March 21, 1996.
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