Pro-choice authors Harold J Morowitz and James S Trefil describe brain development in pre-born babies. They are counting from a woman’s last menstrual period, so when they say seven weeks, they mean five weeks from conception (embryonic age):
“At seven weeks, the eye bud is easy to see, and the various bumps and wiggles in the embryo mark places where divisions between different parts of the brain will occur later… At 11 weeks the broad outlines of the familiar human brain are already in place, although a great deal of elaboration is still to come…
All three regions of the brain develop together, and the cells that will give rise to all of them are clearly visible in the four-week embryo… The development of the brain is a smooth continuum, with no place where sharp distinctions can be drawn…
The cells that will eventually be part of the cerebral cortex begin forming in the seven-week embryo… Even at this early stage of development…the brain cannot be thought of as something that is simply a collection of nerve cells. It has a highly complex structure, and it would not function if that structure were not present.”
In an essay about fetal development, a doctor and scientist wrote:
“The pulsating heart is at first most of all in the service of the rapidly growing brain… With its own growth, the heart acquires a central significance in the vascular system.
At the beginning of the 4th week, the young embryo is about three millimeters in size. Now even a layman has no difficulty in recognizing it as a human being, because brain, spinal cord, heart, viscera with stomach, intestines and liver, as well as the first layouts of upper and lower extremities are discernible. All these organs are already functioning, that is, corresponding to their respective properties that have developed at this stage. We do not find any single functionless organ. All organs as part of the whole exercise formative functions, and in this process, the brain functions as the center of growth.”
E Blechschmidt, MD “Human Being from the Very First” in Thomas W Hilgers, Dennis J Horan, David Mall New Perspectives on Human Abortion (Frederick, Maryland: University Publications of America, Inc., 1981) 18
These facts about fetal development are not newly discovered. Fetal development information has been around for a long time, just ignored and denied by pro-choice activists.
A book for expectant mothers says the following about preborn babies in the third month of pregnancy:
“You cannot feel these movements, but it is kicking, curling its toes up and down, rotating its feet and wrists, clenching and unclenching its fists, pressing its lips together, frowning, and making other facial expressions…There is still plenty of room in the uterus, so the fetus can swoop and undulate in its own enclosed sea.”
Sheila Kitzinger The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (New York: Knopf, 1982) 65
“By the time a woman confirms that she is pregnant, at five weeks, the baby is already 1/3 inch tall, with a steadily beating heart, a developing brain and nervous system. The first brain waves can be detected during the 6th week of pregnancy. “
“What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.
From an article in the Milwaukee –Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:
“Science has learned that a developing fetus receives messages from the mother, everything from hearing mom’s heartbeat to the music she might direct toward her belly. But a new study in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the fetus can pick up on signals and respond to a mother experiencing depression….
“We believe the human fetus is an active participant in its own development and is collecting information for life after birth,” said Curt A. Sandman, one of the authors and an emeritus professor of psychiatry and human behavior at UC-Irvine. “It’s preparing for life based on messages the mom is providing.”
William M Connolly, who has studied embryology, says:
“Time–Lifeestimates the mature human body has 100 trillion cells. Scientists tell us each cell performs more than 1 trillion biochemical reactions per second. Before birth, the fetus has, perhaps, 10 trillion cells, plus it’s 10 to 100 billion nerve cells, each cell performing a trillion biochemical processes per second.”
William M Connolly One Life:How the US Supreme CourtDeliberately Distortedthe History, Science and Lawof Abortion (Xlibris, 2002) 128
Amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court before Roe V Wade, submitted on October 1971 by a group of 220 physicians, scientists, and professors:
“In its seventh week [the preborn child] bears the familiar external features and all the internal organs of the adult… The brain in configuration is already like the adult brain and sends out impulses that coordinate the functions of other organs… The heart beats sturdily. The stomach produces digestive juices. The liver manufactures blood cells and the kidneys begin to function by extracting uric acid from the child’s blood… The muscles of the arms and body can already be set in motion. After the eighth week…everything is already present that will be found in the full-term baby.”
Motion filed in the Supreme Court of the United States, October 15, 1971 these re-: no. 70 – 18 and no. 70 – 40) Motion and Brief Amicus Curiae of Certain Physicians, Professionals and fellows of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Support of Appellees, Dennis J Horan et al., United States District Court 1971, P 19, 29 – 30
Professor William Brennan recalls the following story about how a preborn baby reacts to bright lights:
“A dramatic example of how early the unborn baby responds to painful stimulus was revealed in the television special The Miracle Months, which features films of fetal development taken inside the womb. One particular sequence shows an unborn child of only 9 weeks gestation trying to shield himself from the camera lights by placing his hands over his eyes.”
William Brennan The Abortion Holocaust: Today’s Final Solution (St. Louis, Missouri, 1983)