By Dave Andrusko
Just a couple of days ago I wrote to ask for your help. I had run across a song titled, “Let Them be Little.” It is not a pro-life song per se, it’s just the advice of a dad to, well, let your kids be little.
But this particular song I found filed under “Fetal Development.” In the left hand corner you read that there are “1,620 results.” One thousand, six hundred and 20 videos/songs/animated graphics illustrated that most miraculous process: how you and I started out the same and ended up each unique.
So I asked, “If you’ve seen a particularly clever or moving or emotionally gripping examples [of this truth] online, please send me a link.” Here’s the first response, and it is spectacularly good.
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Only 3 minutes and eleven seconds long, “The case against abortion: prenatal development” covers the waterfront — the docks, stevedores, and merchant vessels.
Backed by a pulsating music score, flashing across the screen is the question, “At what point does it become wrong to intentionally abort a developing human being?” Options range from conception through birth. We see a snapshot of a Gallup poll where 2/3rs support a first-trimester abortion but only 10% support a third trimester abortion.
“Why the discrepancy?” Because the former “kills a baby” while a first trimester abortion “kills a bunch of cells…. Or does it?” The remainder of the video races through a highly entertaining, deeply informative/persuasive tour conclusively demonstrating the developmental continuity of human beings whose maturation unfolds just the way it is supposed to.
We begin with a quick perusal of the classic prenatal photography taken by Lennart Nilsson in his “A Child is Born.” We see in these photos the developmental milestones and how remarkably intricate the child is from the first weeks.
“Nucleus [Medical] Media creates award winning medical illustrations,” we’re informed. Here we see the unborn as if her mother’s body is translucent. Again, remarkable how sophisticated is the child even in the first trimester.
“On the outside chance you’re still envisioning the first trimester embryos and fetuses as shapeless clumps of tissue…” we are introduced to “The biology of prenatal development.” As it happens I wrote about this incredible 42-mnute-long DVD in 2010.
This documentary utilizes six different imaging technologies to give you unforgettable images inside the womb of the growing baby at the embryonic and fetal stages. The breath-taking real-time pictures that are utilized are of the human embryo in the first three weeks. Without thinking, you have absorbed another lesson in early prenatal development, including the fact that six week embryos have measurable brain impulses (www.nrlc.org/news_and_Views/March10/nv030810part3.html).
Then the first of two key truths wrap up “The case against abortion: prenatal development.”
“They may not look like a baby yet, but they look exactly as a human being should look, 21 days after conception.”
To finish the point, we see highlighted text from Geraldine Lux Flanagan’s book, “Beginning Life” that reads, “In the hours of conception, every aspect of the genetic inheritance for the new individual will be determined once and for all.”
The inescapable conclusion? “At any stage of pregnancy abortion kills a rapidly developing, genetically distinct human being.”
Wow! Do yourself a big favor and go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-6VLUVglG8 to watch “The case against abortion: prenatal development.”
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