The last time I saw her, she was just eight cells in a test tube.
She was beautiful then, and she's beautiful now.
Dr. Robert Edwards describing Louise Brown,
the world's first 'test-tube' baby.
Explain that you are equally repulsed by the [pro-life] photos,
that you are human and love children and babies as much as anyone else
... The pictures they [the audience] have seen must be discredited.
They have been magnified so much as to remove the facts from
scientific perspective. Really, in early stages, the fetus is smaller
than a fingernail, can fit into a walnut shell, and is much like
menstrual flow to the naked eye. We would be repulsed by a magnified
picture of an eyeball in formaldehyde also.
National Abortion Rights Action League.
The First Nine Months of Life.
It is not enough merely to tell them [pregnant women] that in
producing an abortion in the early months they are taking a human
life; they must be shown that at this [six week] period the child is
already well along in its development.
Abortionist Frederick Taussig.
The True Impact of Roe v. Wade.
The United States Supreme Court, in its loathsome 1973 Roe v. Wade
and Doe v. Bolton decisions, stated that abortion is legal
throughout all nine months of pregnancy. One of the greatest triumphs of
the pro-abortion movement is that it has convinced the United States
public that abortion is illegal beyond the first trimester, as
described in Chapter 89, "Supreme Court Decisions on
Look in Your Yellow Pages.
The most effective rebuttal of the pro-abortion allegation that
abortion is illegal after the first trimester is as close at hand as
your local Yellow Pages.
Almost every phone book in the United States includes advertising by
an abortion mill that does abortions to 22, 24, or 28 weeks. Larger
cities will have the clinics locally, and surrounding rural areas will
almost always have these clinics advertising in their Yellow Pages.
Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has stated that Roe
v. Wade is "... on a collision course with itself." Roe
defined viability as when the baby is "... potentially able to live
outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial help." The court
then established an arbitrary viability limit of 30 weeks. The
Justices were already outdated in their thinking; Figure 72-1 shows that
fetal viability was fifty percent at only 28.5 weeks as far back as
THE MEDIAN FETAL AGE OF VIABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES
Reference: B. Ferrera, R. Hoekstra, E.
Graziano, G. Knox, R. Couser, and J. Fangman. "Changing Outcome of
Extremely Premature Infants (<26 Weeks Gestation and <750 Grams:
Survival and Follow-Up at a Tertiary Center." American Journal
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1989;161: pages 1,114 to 1,118. This
article is analyzed in the January 1990 issue of the Bernadell
Technical Bulletin, page 5.
The Supreme Court's decision in Planned Parenthood v. Danforth
defined viability as "... that state of fetal development when the
life of the unborn child may be continued indefinitely outside of the
womb by natural or life-support systems."
This latter definition does not address the question of frozen human
embryos, which are certainly capable of being sustained indefinitely by
cryogenic life-support systems. By the Supreme Court's own medico-legal
definition, a preborn baby is viable until about three weeks of age,
then non-viable until about 24 weeks, and viable thereafter.
Does this make any sense?
Lowering the Limits on Viability.
In 1950, a baby born at thirty week's gestation had only a slim
chance to live. The birth and survival of a "kilogram kid" (a
premature baby born at 2.2 pounds) was big news indeed. Now, however,
the limits have been drastically lowered; it is estimated that more than
one hundred children have been born in this country weighing less
than one pound, and most of them are living perfectly healthy and
The smallest surviving healthy baby born weighed 380 grams, or about
13.4 ounces. Her mother suffered from life-threatening high blood
pressure and a blood clotting disorder, and the infant was delivered 15
weeks early by emergency Cesarian section. The child survived and was
discharged after 4 months in the hospital nursery. At 20 months, she was
evaluated and was found to have minor eye and ear disorders. She had
normal scores for intelligence and psychomotor development. The total
cost of her delivery and care was estimated to be $202,109.
Figure 72-1 shows the mean gestational age at which babies have
survived birth over the last forty years. The figures shown represent
that point at which an "average" baby for that gestational age
may be born and have a fifty percent chance of survival.
Figure 72-2 lists the names of about one percent of the babies
who have survived extremely early birth, and together with Figure 72-1,
clearly demonstrates that the threshold of fetal viability is decreasing
in a steady near-linear pattern.
SOME HEALTHY BABIES WHO HAVE SURVIVED EXTREMELY EARLY BIRTH
[A medium text size on your computer's 'view'
setting is recommended, otherwise, the tables may be discombobulated.]
Baby's Gest- Weight
Birthday ation (ounces) Baby's
St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo
Bethesda Hosp., Cincinnati
Marcus Richardson University Hosp., Cincinnati
Tracy LaBranch Battle
Brooke Army Hospital
Simmonne Jayette Montreal Jewish
San Diego, Boston Herald
Albert Einstein Hosp., NYC
Long Beach Memorial Hosp.
Ernestine Hodges San Diego, Washington
Faith Materowski Hackensack Medical
Victoria, TX, Houston Post
Garfield Hospital, Monterey
Melissa Cameron Sault St. Marie Hospital
Medical World News
Darlene Monroe Medical Post,
Brandon Spense Cincinnati
Christy Adams Our
Lady of Lourdes
Kansas City Star, 11/5/91
References: Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. Abortion
Questions and Answers. Hayes Publishing Company, 6304 Hamilton
Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45224. Telephone: (513) 681-7559. 324 pages.
Also other newspaper articles and news bulletins as noted above.
It is most ironic that most of the hospitals cited in Figure 72-2,
which pride themselves on their state-of-the-art neonatal units, also
commit abortions. In fact, many hospitals spend hundreds of thousands of
dollars fighting to save the lives of very premature babies, while at
the same time aborting babies of the same or larger size in another
However, under current medical technology, we are definitely
approaching the lower limit of viability. Below a certain age, the
baby's lungs just are not capable of sustaining life, even with the most
advanced artificial assistance; the baby at 24 weeks has skin so fragile
that a mere touch can lacerate it.
Certain scientists have sustained very young preborns (12-16 weeks)
in artificial wombs consisting of nutrient-rich solution under very high
pressure, but the babies have only lived for a short time. The panacea
of the artificial womb, if it is theoretically possible, is a long way
in the future indeed.
For a discussion of extracorporeal gestation and extra-corporeal
membrane oxygenation (ECMO), see Chapter 55, "In-Vitro
Milestones of Fetal Development.
People who say that the heart starts beating 18 days after
conception are crazy. At 10 weeks, the embryo still only weighs one
ounce, so how could it have a fully formed heart?
Canadian abortionist Henry Morgentaler.
There are two ways in which people discuss the time period related to
milestones in fetal development: Gestational and fertilization age.
Fertilization age is a framework of time based upon the point of view
of the unborn child, and begins at the instant of conception. The
gestational (or menstrual) age timeline begins two weeks earlier at the
last menstrual period, and is figured from the point of view of the
mother. The framework most often used in discussions about the
development of the unborn child is gestational age.
These terms can be somewhat confusing since they are based upon
different starting points. Benchmarks of both are compared below.
LANDMARKS IN FETAL AND GESTATIONAL AGE
Age in Weeks Age in
All of preborn's body
Reference: Richard D. Glasow, Ph.D.
"Clearing Up Confusion." National Right to Life News,
July 30, 1991, page 11.
Scientific and Biological Proof.
As the above quote demonstrates, abortionists, who can (and do)
know better since they have been through medical school, routinely lie
about fetal development in an attempt to keep women and the public
ignorant and thereby lessen the natural loathing people have for the
taking of innocent life.
After all, when you make your money slaughtering the most innocent of
children, what does it matter that you lie occasionally?
At the age of 24 days after conception, the unborn child already
meets even the prevailing legal definition of life. Major milestones of
normal fetal development are shown in Figure 72-3. The average heights
and weights for preborn babies at each week of development are shown in
MILESTONES OF FETAL DEVELOPMENT
Conception: Father's sperm penetrates
mother's egg. Genetic instructions from each of the two individuals
combine to form a unique individual, barely visible to the human eye.
1st Day: First four cell divisions
take place as the blastocyst travels down the mother's Fallopian tubes
towards the uterus.
5-9 Days: Implantation in the uterus.
Of the 45 total generations of cell replication that will take place by
mature adulthood, eight have already taken place. The blastocyst now
consists of about 256 cells.
14 Days: The mother's menstrual period
is suppressed by chemical signals emitted by her own child. First
completed brain cells appear.
20 Days: Heart is in the advanced
stages of formation. Eyes begin to form. Brain, spinal column, and
nervous system virtually complete. Folding of the ectocyst disc occurs.
24 Days: BABY'S HEART BEGINS TO BEAT.
28 Days: Muscles are developing. Arm
and leg buds visible. First neocortal cells appear. The neocortex is the
seat of complex thinking and reasoning, and are present in no other
mammal. Child has grown in size by a factor of 10,000. He or she is now
6 to 7 millimeters long (about 1/4 inch). Blood flows in the baby's
veins, separate from mother's blood.
35 Days: Pituitary gland forming.
Mouth, ears, and nose taking shape.
42 Days: Heart energy output is 20
percent that of an adult's. Cartilage skeleton is completely formed and
ossification begins. The umbilical cord has developed. The baby's brain
coordinates voluntary movement of muscles and the involuntary movement
of organs. Reflex responses are present. The baby's mother misses her
second menstrual period.
43 Days: BABY'S BRAIN WAVES CAN BE
45 Days: Spontaneous, voluntary body
movements have begun. Milk teeth buds are present.
7 Weeks: The baby's lips are sensitive
to touch, and his ears resemble his family's pattern. The first fully
developed neurons (nerve cells) appear on the top of the spinal cord,
beginning construction of the brain stem. This portion of the brain
regulates vital functions such as breathing, the heartbeat, and blood
8 Weeks: Baby is well-proportioned,
about 1-1/2 inches long and 1/30 of an ounce in weight. All organs are
present, complete, and functioning (except lungs). Heart beats sturdily.
Stomach produces digestive juices. Liver makes blood cells. Kidneys are
functioning. The stomach secretes gastric juices. Taste buds are
forming. Fingerprints are being engraved. Eyelids and the palms of the
hands are sensitive to touch. A tapping stimulus on the amniotic sac
will result in the baby moving his arms. Of the 45 total generations of
cell replication that will take place by mature adulthood, fully
two-thirds (30) have already taken place. The fetus now consists of
about one billion cells. It also contains more equivalent genetic
information than every word communicated by every human being who has
ever lived since the beginning of the race.
9 Weeks: Child will bend fingers
around an object placed in the palm. Fingernails are forming. Child
10 Weeks: All sections of baby's body
are sensitive to touch. Child swallows, squints, frowns, and puckers up
brow. If his palm is stroked, he will make a tight fist.
11 Weeks: Baby urinates and makes all
facial expressions, including smiling. He is now breathing amniotic
fluid steadily and will continue to do so until birth. Fingernails and
toenails are now present. Taste buds are now working. The baby will
drink more amniotic fluid if it is artificially sweetened, and less if
it is given a bitter taste.
12 Weeks: Vigorous activity shows the
baby's distinct personality; babies sleep patterns differ, some babies
hiccup constantly, others may cry. Baby can kick, turn over, curl and
fan toes, make a fist, move thumbs, open mouth and press lips tightly
together. Baby practices breathing.
13 Weeks: Facial expressions resemble
those of parents. Movements are vigorous and graceful. Vocal chords are
present, and, in rare cases when air enters uterus temporarily, baby has
been heard crying. External sex organs are present, and the sex of baby
can be determined. Auditory sense is now present.
4 Months: Baby can grasp with hands,
swim, and turn somersaults. Mother may first feel baby's movements.
Eyelashes are now present. Rapid Eye Movements (REM), indicative of
dreaming, can now be recorded. A very bright light shined on the
mother's abdomen will cause the baby to slowly move his arms to cover
his eyes. Very loud music will cause the baby to cover his ears.
Connections between the neocortex and the muscles they control are
beginning to appear.
5 Months: Sleeping habits are formed,
and a loud sound such as a slammed door may startle child. Baby responds
to sounds that are of frequencies that exceed adult's range in both
directions. Baby may be soothed to sleep by gentle music.
6 Months: Most babies are viable at
this point (24 weeks - about 60 percent of full gestation). Fine hair
grows on head and eyebrows. Eyelashes appear. The baby's weight is about
640 grams (22 ounces), and height is about 23 centimeters (nine inches).
7 Months: The baby's weight increases
to over one kilogram (2.2 pounds). The baby's eyeteeth are now present.
His eyes open and close and explore surroundings. Hands can support
baby's entire weight at this time. Baby recognizes his or her mother's
voice. Of the 45 total generations of cell replication that will take
place by mature adulthood, 38 have already taken place. The baby now has
about 300 billion cells.
8 Months: The baby's weight increases
to over two kilograms (4.4 pounds), and his quarters become cramped. If
born now, the baby has more than a ninety percent chance of surviving
and being entirely healthy.
9 Months: In the final six weeks of
gestation, the baby gains about an ounce of weight per day. Hormones
released by the child trigger labor. The lightest baby ever born to
survive healthily weighed in at 10 ounces. The heaviest baby ever born
weighed in at 26 pounds and went on to become a heavyweight boxing
champion of the world (Primo Carnera). Of the 45 total generations of
cell replication that will take place by mature adulthood, 41 have
already taken place. The baby now has about two trillion
(2,000,000,000,000) cells. The remaining four generations of cell
replication will occupy all of the person's childhood and young
adulthood. This means, that, in developmental terms, we spend 90 percent
of our lives in utero.
AVERAGE FETAL WEIGHT AND LENGTH BY GESTATIONAL AGE
1 pound = 453.6 grams 1 ounce = 28.35
1 meter = 39.37 inches 1 inch = 2.54
Reference: Enfamil disc entitled "Fetal Dimensions."
Of all the stages of development that the preborn child progresses
through, the one that seems to define life for most people is the time
when the heart begins to beat.
As early as 1961, researchers, during a therapeutic hysterectomy,
obtained a 7-1/2 week preborn baby measuring 23 millimeters (about one
inch) from crown to rump. This baby survived independent of the mother
for twenty minutes. During this time, the researchers used
electrocardiographs to directly measure its strong and regular
heartbeat, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that a preborn baby does
have a heartbeat by, at the latest, seven and one-half weeks.
This means that the vast majority of all abortions in this country
are committed after the heart of the preborn child begins to beat.
The Abortionist's Attitude Towards Third-Trimester Abortions.
A fetus is nothing! You won't get me to say I'm sorry for the
fetus. Abortion is much more important than the life of a child that
Abortionist Howard I. Diamond.
It is very interesting indeed that many pro-abortionists who say that
life begins at quickening also support third-trimester abortions.
Pro-aborts will say that these late abortions account for 'only' one
percent of all abortions, and they will be correct.
However, one percent of 1.6 million is 16,000 third-trimester babies
being dismembered or dumped in stainless-steel buckets every year or
about seventy per business day. Since pro-aborts are compelled by
their curious philosophies to defend all abortions even those in
the third trimester this propensity can be used to uncover their
extremism in public.
When dealing with third-trimester abortions, the anti-life mentality
is uncompromising and absolutist for two very good reasons;
(1) the anti-lifer strives to be free of God and actually is
striving (whether consciously or unconsciously) to transform himself
into a 'little God.' To admit that any anti-life practice is
inhumane or unethical would be to admit fault and culpability. This
and other strange characteristics of the anti-life mentality are
described in Chapter 2 of Volume I.
(2) the Neofeminists are acutely and properly aware of the
principle of "reverse incrementalism;" that is, they are
compelled to defend these most reprehensible abortions, because if
they 'lose' abortion for the third trimester and for sex selection,
for example, they will surely 'lose' abortion in other categories as
well (perhaps this phenomenon could be called the 'slippery
Many or most pro-abortionists will deny that third-trimester
abortions even exist. However, Census Bureau statistics, which
themselves are based upon Alan Guttmacher Institute figures, show that
about one percent of all abortions are performed in the third
In light of the fact that fifty percent of all babies are viable with
medical help at the beginning of the third trimester, we see that a
minimum of eight thousand viable babies are put to death in this
country each year (the current age of fetal viability is shown in
Although there are very few abortuaries that kill preborn babies past
the 24th week, these few mills commit the vast majority of such grisly
procedures. Some abortuaries advertise for abortion well into the third
trimester in the Yellow Pages. Atlanta's Midtown Hospital, which does
abortions to 26 weeks and beyond, is a typical example.
A lot of attention was focused on the notorious Wichita
third-trimester killer, George Tiller, during Operation Rescue's 1991
"Summer of Mercy." It is significant that 6,000 pro-aborts
held a counter-rally in Wichita during OR's missions. Their ardent
support for third-trimester abortions was displayed by a plane towing a
banner that read "WE LOVE YOU, DR. TILLER!"
The "Dreaded Complication."
Occasionally third-trimester abortions result in what doctors
commonly call "the dreaded complication:" A live, crying,
Abortionist Enrique Gerbi of Detroit Memorial hospital performed an
abortion in October 1984 which resulted in the live birth of a 29-week
girl. He shrugged and said that "It happens all the time. This is
not the first time, and it won't be the last. It happens all the
Dr. David A. Grimes, veteran Planned Parenthood abortionist,
estimates that from 500 to 3,000 babies survive prostaglandin and
hysterotomy abortions every year.
The prevalence of such incidents has given rise to particularly
grisly abortion procedures whose purpose is to insure a dead baby. These
include the dilation and extraction (D&X), where all of the baby is
delivered except for the head. The abortionists then punctures the
baby's skull and sucks its brains out.
This is a real abortion procedure, described in detail in
Chapter 61, "Methodology and Aspects of Abortion."
A "botched abortions" can lead to a curious breed of
litigation: The "wrongful life" lawsuit. "Wrongful
life" suits are filed on behalf of a child alleging that he should
have been aborted. In contrast, "wrongful birth" suits are
filed by parents that claim that their child should have been
aborted. Such litigation has literally inverted the traditional
legal theory of "wrongful death" to create the
"anti-tort" of "wrongful life."
Whatever the terminology, the very existence of the terms
"wrongful life" and "wrongful birth" indicates just
how far down the slippery slope our legal system has already plunged.
Judith Hole and Ellen Levine's book Rebirth of Feminism neatly
summarizes the radical Neofeminist's attitude towards third-trimester
... any woman who wishes to terminate a late pregnancy undoubtedly
has a very good reason and should have the right to do so. In
addition, they argue that the concepts of "quickening" and
"viability" are based on religious doctrine and ancient
myths about when "life" begins. Any woman who believes in
them will not seek an abortion beyond the time dictated by her
beliefs. All women, however, should not be required to follow one
Note carefully that this logic is used to justify all
abortions, even those committed for convenience, for any reason or for
no reason at all. Such a statement could even be used to justify
infanticide. The original logic used by the Neofeminists has simply been
extended to cover the disposal of viable babies.
The Massachusetts Experience.
In 1989, anti-life Massachusetts legislators pushed a so-called
"Prochoice Amendment" to their state's Constitution. In order
to make this Amendment more palatable to many of their colleagues,
sponsors asserted that third-trimester abortions would only be allowed
to save the life of the mother.
Incredibly, Neofeminists strongly condemned this exception on the
grounds that third-trimester abortions should be available for
convenience reasons (i.e., economics, to avoid embarrassment, etc.).
Some of the statements by the local radical press in opposition to
this Amendment outlined this extreme position. Marlene Fried baldly
summed up the basic Neofeminist position in the simplest possible terms
as she claimed that "The most basic aspect of abortion rights [is]
a woman's right to decide, at any point in pregnancy, for any
reason." And the Revolutionary Communist Party insisted that
"There are many different reasons why women get abortions. And they
are all valid."
The most revealing opposition to the "Prochoice Amendment"
was generated by the Reproductive Rights Network of Boston (R2N2). This
organization stated that;
The Reproductive Rights Network of Boston believes that it [the 'Prochoice'
Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution] dangerously narrows
reproductive rights, and undermines the very movement we're trying to
build, by limiting abortion rights to the first 24 weeks of pregnancy
... This represents an alarming compromise of the basic feminist
principle that abortion is fundamentally a woman's choice ...
Restrictions in late abortion also uphold a disturbing concept that
has gotten play in the media and the legislature: that there are
morally reprehensible abortions ... Our priority now must be to expand
the notion of reproductive rights and to strengthen our message. This
is certainly not the time to voluntarily shrink our own demands.
Stubblefield Strikes Out.
In 1985, prominent abortion supporter Dr. Philip Stubblefield, past
president of the National Abortion Federation, suggested lowering the
upper limit on abortions to 22 weeks. He was certainly not at all
concerned about the agony inflicted upon viable babies; he simply wanted
to take one small step towards cleaning up the abortionist's filthy
However, Stubblefield was shouted down when he formally presented his
proposal to other leading pro-aborts. Abortion lawyer Janet Benshoof of
the American Civil Liberties Union demanded that there be upper
gestational age limit, stating as fact that abortion on demand "...
is a precondition for all other legal and constitutional guarantees of
Despite his questionable motivations for banning third-trimester
abortions, Stubblefield appears to be unique among hard-core
abortionists. Dr. Frank Chernak summarized the callous opinion of other
late-term abortionists toward third-trimester killing in the New
England Journal of Medicine; "Prenatal death does not
constitute a harm, nor does the prenatal termination of the fetus' life
through induced abortion constitute an injury."
What Does It Matter?
Pro-life activists should know by now that the status of the unborn
as living, as human, as persons, or as developed babies is completely
irrelevant to pro-abortionists. All that matters to them is that they be
allowed to continue to commit genocide in peace.
The most powerful weapon the pro-aborts have in their arsenal is
confusion. When confronted with any information on the unborn at all,
they will squirt verbal ink like cuttlefish and will do anything
to confuse rather than clarify the issues.
The following pro-abortion quotes demonstrate that viability is not
important to those who kill the babies only the ability to divert
Writer Nancy Rhoden says that "The compromise forged in Roe v.
Wade was, and can remain, an acceptable one. But it can do so only if
the Court recognizes, when it becomes necessary, the limited ethical
relevance of fetal viability."
Janet Benshoof of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote that
The increasing tendency to view the fetus as an independent patient
or person occurs at the cost of reducing the woman to the status of
little more than a maternal environment ... We need to refocus the
right to abortion as one not defined by the fetus or by technological
advances, but rather one that is tied to women's constitutional right
to privacy, autonomy and bodily integrity.
Some pro-abortion diversionary arguments are so silly they should be
made into a gag poster. As expected, the most illogical and
anti-scientific ravings originate with self-identified Humanists yes,
the same people who pride themselves on their rational outlook. For
example, Sherry Matulis, during her 1991 "Humanist Heroine
Award" speech, snarled
And although a rose is a rose is a rose, you will never hear
anti-choice proponents raise their voices against spontaneous
abortion. You will never see them picket or march on Washington or
take any other action to try to stop or even lessen this spontaneous
"holocaust." And you will certainly never hear them decry
their God with his big abortion mill in the sky for this wanton
destruction of "innocent life" this "mass murder"
of up to 80 percent of all those fertilized eggs they refer to as
"unborn children." Because to discuss it to really examine
its implications is to put the lie to all their mystical twaddle.
Pro-abortionists have successfully clouded the central issue in the
argument over the moral and legal status of preborn babies the
discussion over their personhood and viability. Therefore, a mechanical
or philosophical resolution of the abortion question is now literally
impossible, since the various qualities of the unborn child can simply
be redefined or defined out of existence. Fundamental words that used to
have concrete meaning among them "life," "humanity,"
and "personhood" have no fixed reference point in the
featureless moral landscape of the social engineers, and drift wherever
the currents of convenience take them.
The loss of this foundation has led to a plethora of well-intentioned
but physically impossible suggestions for "solutions" to the
abortion problem. These recommendations do not address the status of the
unborn, and so will never suffice to put even the smallest dent into the
Some people, including Dr. Bernard Nathanson, have suggested that the
abortion question will be resolved by allowing unwanted embryos or early
fetuses to be removed from the woman's body and grown in artificial
uteri. However, the state cannot force the removal of bone marrow or
blood from a person, even to save another's life; it is unrealistic to
expect that it will do so in the case of early preborn babies.
Additionally, the pro-aborts will fight this development tooth and nail
with their most powerful weapon to date: the "right to
privacy," as Janet Benshoof has implied.
A Clear Danger to the
You must learn to turn your eyes away.
Albert Speer, the architect of Adolf
Hitler's Jewish Extermination Program.
The greatest weapon in the pro-life arsenal is not the photographs of
mangled aborted late-term preborn babies although these are still very
powerful and useful.
The greatest persuader that the pro-life movement has is beautiful
full-color photos of preborns peacefully floating in their mother's
The abortionists know this. While they snivel about "shocking
anti-choice propaganda featuring aborted fetuses," they also
fanatically oppose the public display of any representation of living
preborns. There is a very good reason for this apparent hypocrisy: The
abortionists so fear the public seeing the truth about fetal development
that they will go to almost any lengths to obscure or censor the truth.
The remainder of this section outlines just a few of the more blatant
attempts by pro-abortionists to keep the truth about fetal development
from the public.
Keep 'Em Ignorant.
Debate is perhaps the only forum where pro-lifers and pro-aborts may
meet on a "level playing field" and actually talk about
the issues related to abortion. However, even in this setting,
pro-abortionists try to censor the material that pro-lifers use.
This is evident upon examining anti-life debating manuals.
For example, a debating manual issued by the National Abortion Rights
Action League (NARAL) entitled "Organizing for Action" states
on page 29 that
Another set of questions involves the opposition. Has your audience
seen anti-abortion propaganda? Are you debating a Right-to-Lifer? Is
the opposition bringing slides or pictures? Try to insist that they
not be allowed to ... Find out if your opposition is bringing
audio-visuals. Try to insist that you will only speak if they do
This is a common theme in pro-abort publications. Perhaps the best
example of this type of cowardice is contained in mega-abortionist
Warren Hern's book Abortion Practice; "Television
interviews, in particular, should focus on the public issue involved
(right to confidential and professional medical care, freedom of choice,
and so forth) and not on the specific details of the abortion
Hern goes even further to say
In Colorado, the pro-choice community has decided after some period
of disagreement and discussion to refuse all invitations to debate ...
we respond to all requests from schools for educational presentations
concerning abortion. If the sponsors want both sides presented,
however, the presentations must be made on different occasions. We
insist that visual aid materials not be presented by either side.
In 1989, Human Life of Washington (the state Right to Life affiliate)
placed a series of ads on Washington Transit Authority busses. These ads
consisted of a photograph of a 17-week old unborn baby swimming in its
mother's womb with the caption "ENJOY LIFE. GOOD THINGS COME IN
SMALL PACKAGES." The objective of the ads was not to stop
abortions, but to warn the public about the effects of alcohol and
substance abuse and diet on fetal development.
The Reproductive Rights Task Force of the Seattle Chapter of the
National Organization for Women (NOW) immediately initiated a telephone
harassment campaign directed against Washington Transit, claiming that
the photos and ads were, in NOW's lofty opinion, "too
graphic." The Washington Transit Authority quickly broke its
contract with Human Life and obediently pulled the ads.
A NOW spokeswoman explained that "NOW works to promote and
protect the human rights of women. It is in keeping with the work that
we do that we protest advertising the intent of which is harmful to the
health and well-being of women, and which deprives women of their full
rights as human beings."
When asked how the advertising was "harmful to the health and
well-being of women," and how it "deprived women of their full
rights as human beings," the NOW people refused to answer.
In other words, NOW does not even want the public to know basic facts
about human reproduction, because the sight of a healthy unborn baby
might make some women change their minds about abortion!
Delaware Right to Life rented six billboards from Reagan National
Advertising in October 1990. The billboards featured a photograph of a
beautiful unborn baby with an inoffensive pro-life message. Within two
days, all six billboards were torn apart and the pictures of the unborn
babies were vandalized. Obscenities and the slogan "THIS IS A
PRO-CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD" were spraypainted on the wreckage.
In response to this aggressive censorship, Lou Jacquet of the
newspaper Dialog wrote that
The pro-abortion movement has to destroy pro-life billboards to
keep people from learning the ugly facts about what abortion involves
... One of the recurring problems facing those who favor legalized
abortion is the growing body of knowledge providing beyond a doubt how
vital human life already is well before actual birth occurs ... It's
not the kind of information pro-abortion activists can afford to
acknowledge. So they've taken to a simple solution tearing down and
spraying over billboards. Aren't these the same folks who call
pro-life activists who picket abortion clinics 'uncivilized?'
This is certainly not an isolated incident. More than 100 pro-life
billboards have been destroyed or heavily damaged all over the country
since 1985 by skulking pro-abortionists exactly the same people who
complain so loudly about clinic burnings.
Pro-Abortion Technological Regression.
At the October 1989 annual conference of the National Abortion Rights
Action League, pollster Harrison Hickman stated that "Probably
nothing has been as damaging to our cause as technological advances that
show pictures of the fetus."
The new and promising field of fetal surgery is also very worrisome
to pro-abortionists, who recognize that there is a paradox in performing
surgical procedures on an entity that isn't supposed to exist. Judith
Pasternak of the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom
Project is only one of the many pro-abortionists desperately trying to
downplay the significance of in-utero fetal surgery;
But these [fetal surgery] techniques and this success are new
indeed, so dazzlingly new as to blind us, perhaps, to the fact that
the moral premise of abortion remains unchanged. The "issue of
abortion" remains the issue of the right of the woman to choose
whether or not to carry something in her own body. No technological
advances can rob her of her right to choose whether or not to keep it
These examples show that the pro-abortion cause actively resists the
discovery of new scientific evidence. This is analogous to the
Flat-Earth Society ridiculing information showing that our planet is
actually roughly spherical in shape.
Chronically, antiabortionists represent abortion as involving an
elephantine fetus about to walk and talk, when, in truth, the typical
abortion has more in common with a menstrual period.
Anne Nicol Gaylor, Abortion is a Blessing.
The amount of information stored in any single cell of the human body
is prodigious. In fact, if a person attempts to describe this data in
terms of 'megabytes' or 'gigabytes' he is usually met by an
uncomprehending stare, even from those who understand the dimensions of
Therefore, it is very revealing to compare the amount of information
in a human cell to that found in a standard that virtually everyone is
familiar with: The Encyclopedia Britannica.
Anyone fortunate enough to own the current set of the Encyclopedia
has at his fingertips about 30,500 pages and 27.5 million words of
information in 33 bound volumes. This is an amount of information
equivalent to about 300 megabytes.
If a person set about reading this set of books at a standard speed
of 300 words per minute for a regular 40-hour week, it would take eight
months to complete the task.
The following paragraphs compare the amount of information found in
the human cell and the developing fetus to that in the Encyclopedia
Britannica and other measures of the written word.
The Fertilized Egg.
According to medical and genetic textbooks, the DNA (deoxyribonucleic
acid) in a single fertilized human egg carries as much data as 50 sets
of the 33-volume Encyclopedia Britannica.
These fifty sets of encyclopedia are equivalent to 1,373,625,000
words which, if typewritten in a single line, would stretch for 14,453
miles, more than halfway around the world.
For those with an affinity for computers, this is equivalent to about
15,000 megabytes of data. This information would fill 41,700 5-1/4 inch
(360 kilobyte) floppy disks, or would make a stack of such disks 280
feet high, about as tall as a thirty-story skyscraper.
If a person read this mountain of information at 300 words a minute
for a standard 40-hour week, he would begin on college graduation day
and not finish until retirement at age 58 a total of 37 years!
And all of this data is packed into a one-celled organism barely
visible to the unaided human eye.
After conception in the Fallopian tubes, the new human being travels
slowly down the tube towards the uterus. Its development has already
begun. In fact, by the time the blastocyst has implanted in the uterus,
it has undergone eight cell divisions of the 45 required to achieve full
adulthood at age 18.
The blastocyst, which consists of about 256 cells, contains as much
information as the main library in a large American city. This library
would contain more than 3 million volumes with a total of about 350
If these books were stacked on top of each other, they would make a
pile fifty miles high. If this information were typewritten in a single
line, the line would extend 3.7 million miles, or from here to the Moon
and back eight times.
For computer freaks, this is equivalent to 3,840,000 megabytes of
information, or 3.84 terabytes.
The Individual at Eight Weeks.
By the time the unborn child is eight weeks old, he weighs 1/30 of an
ounce, and is comprised of about one billion cells. He has already
undergone 35 of the 45 required cell divisions to achieve adulthood.
The amount of information contained in this baby's body is almost
incomprehensible. It is equivalent to 1.4 billion billion words, or a
typewritten line 15,467 billion miles long, enough to reach four
light years to Proximus Centauri, the star closest to our Sun. It is
equal to 15 million terabytes, or 15 million million megabytes.
How large is this amount of information?
It is equal to every word spoken by every one of the more than 100
billion human beings who have walked this earth since Adam and Eve; PLUS
every written word in every copy of every book, newspaper, magazine,
periodical, newsletter, love letter, and communication of every
description that has ever existed on this earth.
And yet this unspeakably miraculous body is torn apart 150,000 times
a day, all over the world, and is flushed into sewers all over the
planet as garbage by abortionists and mothers who could not care less
about God or the miracles He creates.
References: Fetal Development.
 Dr. Robert Edwards describing Louise Brown, the world's first
'test-tube' baby, quoted in Donald D. DeMarco, Ph.D. "Trapped By
Choice! Biotechnology and the Repudiation of "Pro-Choice"
Ideology." ALL News, May 1990, pages 28 to 30.
 Looseleaf booklet entitled "Organizing for Action."
Prepared by Vicki Z. Kaplan for the National Abortion Rights Action
League, 250 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019. 51 pages, no date.
 Abortionist Frederick Taussig, The Prevention and Treatment of
Abortion, 1910. Quoted in William May's review of William B. Imber's
book Abortion and the Private Practice on page 13 of the November
6, 1986 National Right to Life News.
 H.G. Ginsberg, M.D., Jay P. Goldsmith, M.D., and Charles M.
Stedman, M.D. "Survival of a 380-Gram Infant." New England
Journal of Medicine, June 14, 1990, Volume 322, No. 24:1,753.
 Canadian abortionist Henry Morgentaler, quoted in Lynda Hurst.
"Pro-Abortionist: Decision is Woman's, Abortion Doctor Says." The
Toronto Star, November 29, 1973, page E1.
 Reuben Straus, M.D., Ralph H. Walker, M.D., and Morris Cohen,
Ph.D. "Direct Electrocardiographic Recording of a Twenty-Three
Millimeter Human Embryo." The American Journal of Cardiology,
September 1961, pages 443 to 449
 Abortionist Howard I. Diamond of Beth Israel Medical Center.
Quoted in Norma Rosen. "Between Guilt and Gratification: Abortion
Doctors Reveal Their Feelings." New York Times Magazine,
April 17, 1977, page 78.
 United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Reference Book and Guide to Sources, Statistical Abstract of the
United States. 1990 (110th edition). Washington, DC: United States
Government Printing Office.
 Steve Otto. "Choice Supporters Rally, Assail Operation
Rescue." People's Daily World, August 31, 1991, page 7.
 Leslie Bond. "Another Abortion Survivor at Detroit Memorial
Hospital." National Right to Life News, July 31, 1986, page
 David A. Grimes. "Second-Trimester Abortions in the United
States." Alan Guttmacher Institute, Family Planning Perspectives,
 Lisa Andrusko. "A Fact of Life: Is Abortion Legal Only in
the First Three Months of Pregnancy?" National Right to Life
News, January 23, 1986, page 1.
 Judith Hole and Ellen Levine. Rebirth of Feminism.
Quadrangle Books: New York, 1971. Page 288.
 Marlene Fried. "Pro-Choice Agendas After Webster."
Against the Current, November/December 1989, page 20.
 "Women Are Not Incubators!: The Assault on Abortion
Rights." Revolutionary Communist Party of the United States, Revolutionary
Worker, November 6, 1989. Also distributed as a special reprint
booklet, page 6.
 Reproductive Rights Network of Boston. "R2N2 Opposes
Coalition's Amendment." Sojourner: The Women's Forum, April
1990, page 8.
 Richard D. Glasow, Ph.D. "Public Revulsion to Late
Abortions Worries Pro-Abortionists." National Right to Life News,
November 21, 1985, pages 5 and 9.
 Frank Chernak, et al., "When is Termination of
Pregnancy During the Third Trimester Morally Justified?" New
England Journal of Medicine. Volume 310, No. 8, page 502.
 "Late Abortion and Technological Advances in Fetal
Viability." Nancy K. Rhoden. "Some Legal Considerations."
Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1985, pages 160 and
 "Late Abortion and Technological Advances in Fetal
Viability." Janet Benshoof. "Reasserting Women's Rights."
Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1985, pages 162 and
 Sherry Matulis. "Why Abortion Must Remain the Law of
the Land." The Humanist, July/August 1992, pages 35 to 37
and 49. Extracted from her 1991 "Humanist Heroine Award"
 Albert Speer, the architect for Adolf Hitler's Jewish
Extermination Program. Quoted in ""Civility" and the
Right to Life." Free Speech Advocates newsletter of May 1989.
 Warren Hern, M.D. Abortion Practice. New York: J.B.
Lippincott Company, 1984. Page 323.
 "Pro-Life Ad Pulled From Seattle Buses." Portland,
Oregon Catholic Sentinel. November 3, 1989, page 22.
 Living World, Volume 5, Number 2, page 28.
 "Billboards Carry Pro-Life Message." Voices for the
Unborn (Feasterville, Pennsylvania), October 1990, page 10.
 Human Life of Washington State. Human Life News,
January/February 1990, page 1.
 Judith Pasternak, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU Foundation,
New York City, quoted in "Worth Quoting" on page 19 of the
February 3, 1983 National Right to Life News.
 Anne Nicol Gaylor. Abortion is a Blessing. New York, New
York: Psychological Dimensions, Inc. 1975, 124 pages. Page 42.
 Dennis J. Horan. Villanova Law Review, February 1977. The
total amount of information communicated since Adam and Eve were created
has been contained in 12 billion hardback and softback volumes averaging
180 pages and 55,000 words apiece; 500 billion newspapers, magazines,
periodicals and newsletters of every description, each averaging 45
pages and 25,000 words; and 100 billion people having spoken an average
of 7,500 words per day for an average 45-year lifespan. This is a total
of 12,331,910,000,000,000,000 words of communication transmitted in
every form since human life began on Earth.
Resources and Further Reading: Fetal Development.
Larry Christenson. The Wonderful Way That Babies Are Made.
Hardback. Order from: Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton,
Virginia 24174. Telephone: (703) 586-4898. A good book for parent-guided
sex education that treats the subject in the context of God's plan for
us. The book includes beautiful illustrations and a short section on
adoption. There are varying sizes of print and simplicity of language,
so that small children and older ones may be taught out of the same
Marjorie A. England, M.D. Color Atlas of Life Before Birth:
Normal Fetal Development.
Year Book Publishers, Chicago, 1983. Oversize hardcover. Order from:
Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia 24174. Telephone:
(703) 586-4898. This 224-page "coffee-table volume" is
lavishly illustrated with color photographs and explains in detail the
development of every organ of the unborn child through all stages of
development. A bit pricey, but an invaluable tool for debate and for
learning about just who it is we are fighting for. This book would make
an outstanding pro-life gift to an individual or to a library or school.
Large pro-life groups, or those persons who do a lot of
presentations on fetal development, may be interested in a high-quality
set of eight fetal development models. These high-quality models are
mounted on stands and include the uterus, placenta, and life-sized baby
from four weeks to seven months. The baby models can be lifted out of
the uterus. Information can be obtained from Life Cycle Books, Post
Office Box 792, Lewiston, New York 14092-0792. Telephone: (416)
Susan Schaeffer Macauley. Something Beautiful from God.
Paperback. Order from: Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton,
Virginia 24174, telephone: (703) 586-4898. A parent's read-aloud book
that explains the miracle of life before birth. Includes beautiful
photographs of babies in the womb, and treats the subjects of sex and
babies in a reverent manner.
Bernard M. Nathanson, M.D. The Abortion Papers: Inside the
Idea Books, Post Office Box 4010, Madison, Wisconsin 53711. 1985,
192 pages. A former prolific abortionist exposes the anti-Catholic
bigotry of the pro-abortion movement, discusses the role of the
blatantly biased media in obtaining abortion on demand, and explores
what the science of fetology has revealed about the unborn child. This
enjoyable book is written in George Will's wry and acerbic style. Read
especially Chapter 2, "Fetology for Pro-Life," pages 111 to
175. This chapter consists of a detailed and interesting history of
fetology in the United States.
Bernard Nathanson, M.D. The Silent Scream.
Order from: Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia
24174. Telephone: (703) 586-4898. This is the book form of the film that
provoked an international pro-abort scream of protest and a futile
effort to discredit it. The book, like the film, describes a suction
abortion from the baby's point of view. The book also includes
pro-abortion rebuttals to the film The Silent Scream and the answers to
Lennart Nilsson, M.D. A Child is Born: The Drama of Life Before
Dell Publishing Company, 1977. Soft cover, hardbound. This book is
the sidewalk counselor's favorite. It includes riveting and beautiful
color photos of the unborn child, which can be used in a most effective
manner to quickly disprove the clinic escort's lies about fetal
Joan Lowery Nixon. Before You Were Born.
Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Indiana, 46750. 28 pages, 1980. This
is an excellent pro-life book that is basic enough to read to small
Stephen Parker. Life Before Birth: The Story of the First Nine
Cambridge University Press, 1979; 48 pages. Order from: Life Issues
Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia 24174, telephone: (703) 586-4898.
Reviewed by John Hamlon on pages 170 and 171 of the Summer 1979 issue of
the International Review of Natural Family Planning. Displays
from the British Museum of Natural History are drawn to illustrate life
before birth and prove beyond doubt that life begins at fertilization.
This is an excellent book for parent-guided sex education, in that it
includes line drawings of the human reproductive systems. An effective
tool for educating people as to the humanity and beauty of the preborn.
Children will especially love this book.
Pro-Life Action League. "The Pocket-Pac Pro-Life
This invaluable aid to sidewalk counselors consists of eight 3-1/4
inch by 4-1/2 inch glossy color photographs of unborn children. The live
babies are at 6, 8, 12, and 18 weeks, and the photographs show four
victims of suction, D&E, saline, and hysterotomy abortions. These
sets are available from the Pro-Life Action League, Suite 210, 6160
North Cicero Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646. Price includes postage and
Scientists for Life (Edward C. Freiling, Ph.D., editor). The
Position of Modern Science on the Beginning of Human Life.
Order from: Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia
24174. Telephone: (703) 586-4898. This book proves conclusively, using
references from famous scientists, that human life begins at
fertilization. This book cuts through the pro-abort's desperate attempts
to obscure the issue and shows that science does indeed know when
life begins! All of the book's material is based on fact, not
opinion; logic, not emotion. comes with a study guide in question and
answer format to assist teachers and discussion leaders.
Margaret Sheffield. Where Do Babies Come From? and Before
You Were Born.
Alfred A. Knopf, 1982 and 1984. Each book is 32 pages. Two more very
good books for children as young as six years old.
Carol Van Klompenburg and Elizabeth Siitari, M.D. Loving Your
Harold Shaw Publishers, Route 2, Box 152, Pella, Iowa 50219.
Telephone: (515) 628-1307. 1990. Reviewed on page 54 of the Winter 1991
issue of ALL About Issues. Chapters on baby's development,
meditations for expecting mothers, and how to choose a good name for
Thomas Verny, M.D., with John Kelly. The Secret Life of the
Collins Publishers, 100 Lesmill Road, Don Mills, Ontario. 1981, 245
pages. The author has written perhaps the first work on "prenatal
psychology," demonstrating that the unborn child feels and experiences
the outside world through the filter of the mother, and that he responds
according to his own unique personality. This interesting book also
shows how the character of the unborn child is formed by his
Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. Abortion: Questions and Answers.
1985, 315 pages. Order from Hayes Publishing Company, 6304 Hamilton
Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224. Also available in state and local Right
to Life offices. Has extensive basic information on fetal development.
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