Pregnancy Measurement System is Arbitrary, Development Occurs Long After Birth

“The practice of separating embryonic development from fetal periods is clearly somewhat arbitrary, as most biologic events are not timed precisely…Indeed, many of these processes are not confined to fetal life but extend well into the postnatal period [infancy] Examples include glomerulopoieses in the kidney, alveolar, multiplication in the lung, and myelination of the nervous system.”

Gynecology & Obstetrics: A Longitudinal Approach. Thomas R. Moore, Robert C. Reiter, Robert W., M.D. Rebar, and Vicki V. Baker New York W.B. Saunders Company (October 1993) p 37

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Birth Is Not the Start of Human Development

“It should always be remembered that many organs are still not completely developed by full term and birth should be regarded only as an incident in the whole developmental process.”

Human Embryology and Genetics. F. Beck Blackwell Scientific Publications

sonogram of baby in the first trimester
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How the Unborn Baby Develops

“After 28 weeks in utero, the fetus can hear… by four months in a female fetus, all 5 million ova are formed. At 4 1/2 months the fetus response to a brush it’s lips by sucking. By six weeks the brain is visible and electrically active; by eight, it has convoluted folds and the shape of an adult brain.”

“Do you Hear What I Hear?” Newsweek special issue summer 1991

nine weeks
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Doctor Sees Tiny Baby after Operation

6 to 7 weeks

Statement by Paul E. Rockwell, M.D.:

“Eleven years ago while giving an anesthetic for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (at 8 weeks gestation), I was handed what I believe was the smallest living human ever seen. The embryonic sac was intact and transparent. Within the sac was a tiny human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid, while attached to the wall by the umbilical cord. This tiny human was perfectly developed, with long, tapering fingers, feet and toes. It was almost transparent, as regards the skin, and the delicate arteries and veins were prominent to the ends of the fingers.”

Dr. Rockwell continues, “The baby was extremely alive and swam about the sac approximately one time per second, with a natural swimmer’s stroke. This tiny human did not look at all like the photos and drawings and models of ’embryos’ which I had seen, nor did it look like a few embryos I have been able to observe since then, obviously because this one was alive! When the sac was opened, the tiny human immediately lost his life and took on the appearance of what is accepted as the appearance of an embryo at this stage of life (with blunt extremities etc.).”

The statement by Paul E. Rockwell, M.D., an anesthesiologist, was quoted by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke in their Handbook on Abortion

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Unborn Babies Respond to Touch at Six Weeks

seven week unborn baby

“In the sixth to seventh weeks…If the area of the lips is generally stroked, the child responds by bending the upper body to one side and making quick backward motion with his arms. This is called total pattern response because it involves most of the body rather than a local part.”

LB Arey Developmental Anatomy sixth edition, Philadelphia: WB Sanders and Company 1954

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Lennart Nilsson On Fetal Development

Lennart Nilsson is an intrauterine photographer who took pictures of unborn babies in the womb for Life magazine and the best-selling book “A Child Is Born”

hands of an unborn baby at seven weeks

He says of the unborn at 45 days after conception:

“Though the embryo now weighs only 1/30 of an ounce, it has all the internal organs of the adult in various stages of development. It already has a little mouth with lips, an early tongue and buds for 20 milk teeth. Its sex and reproductive organs have begun to sprout.”

Lennart Nilsson “Drama of Life before Birth” Life, April 30, 1965

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Unborn Baby at 2 Months (8 Weeks) Has Fingerprints

“At two months of age, the human being is less than one thumb’s length from the head to the rump. He would fit at ease in a nutshell, but everything is there: hands, feet, head, organs, brain, all are in place. His heart has been beating for a month already . . . . With a good magnifier the fingerprints could be detected.”

8 weeks

Jerome Lejeune, testimony on The Human Life Bill, S. 158: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Cong., 1st Sess. 7-10 (1981).

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Jerome Lejeune, M.D. PhD Talks about Unborn Babies

eight weeks old

“…at three weeks, the cardiac tubes will begin to beat, so that the heart is beginning to beat three weeks after fertilization. And progressively, you will reach the end of the embryonic period at two months after fertilization. At that moment, the little fellow will be just the size of my thumb….all the mothers telling fairy tales to the children are speaking about the Tom Thumb story because it’s a true story. Therefore, each of us has been a Tom Thumb in the womb of the mother.

…women have always known that there was a kind of underground country, a kind of vaulted shelter, with a kind of red light and curious noise in which very tiny humans were having a very curious and marvelous life.”

Court Transcript (Circuit Court Blount County, state of Tennessee, Maryville, August 10 1989) testimony of Jerome Lejeune, M.D. PhD (Professor of the Fundamental Genetics in Paris, award winning discovered Down’s Syndrome)

Quoted in R.C. Sproul “Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue” (Colorado Springs: Navpress) 1990 p 173

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