“40 years of Roe v Wade: 40 Days of Prayer & Reflection” explores fetal development

By Dave Andrusko

DailyRoeFactsCoverreAs we approach the end of the week, moving ever closer to next week’s 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’d like to again quote from “40 years of Roe v Wade: 40 Days of Prayer & Reflection,”
provided by the Nebraska Catholic Conference which began December 12 and ends January 22.

“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male…sperm unites with the female [egg] to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”

“Although most developmental changes occur during the embryonic and fetal periods, some important changes occur during later periods of development: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Although it is customary to divide human development into prenatal [before birth] and postnatal [after birth] periods, birth is merely a dramatic event during development resulting in a change in environment. Development does not stop at birth.”

From Moore & Persaud, “The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology.” 6th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co, 1998