By Dave Andrusko
Nothing but nothing more upsets the anti-life set than when we cut through the disinformation, bogus analogies, and rhetorical fog to get to the truth: that is no “clump of cells” whose life is being ended in an abortion but a flesh-and-blood, developing human being.
Our Movement is nothing if not creative in getting the truth out, including more and more technology.
As one example, take the wonderful recent post by Bethany Mandel.
Mandel, who was the time twenty weeks pregnant, was responding to a blizzard of hysterical pro-abortion posts. Her headline was perfect: “A Simple Pregnancy App Demonstrates the Humanity of Abortable Human Babies: Sorry, abortion advocates. An unborn baby that can grasp, suck its thumb, hiccup, smile, and frown is more than a lump of tissue.”
Mandel, a senior contributor and freelance writer, “tweet[ed] a missive from the train, the movement of which makes my own 20-week gestation baby do somersaults.” It’s reproduced below:
Mandel does a wonderful job of briefly outlining some of the major developmental stages for every unborn child long before the 20 week stage.
In weeks 14 and 15, babies behave in a purposeful manner. Turns out they aren’t unaware balls of tissue floating in amniotic fluid. The pregnancy app notes of this stage of development, “simple facial gestures may now be visible on ultrasound, including grimacing and squinting.” Imagine how these babies behave when vacuum aspirators make an appearance.
When babies reach 17 weeks gestation, pregnant mothers using this iPhone app learn their babies begin to hear sounds. At 18 weeks, a baby’s reflexes are more developed, and begins yawning and hiccupping.
But the overriding point is this is the kind of information is now readily available at any of hundreds of pregnancy apps:
As any pregnant woman with a smartphone can attest, the information is out there. Simply download a popular pregnancy iPhone app and learn just how much humanity is in such a small “clump of cells.”
Mandel ends by recalling how technology has become so instrumental in helping us protect unborn babies:
In this information age, expecting moms easily can — and should — fact check abortion activists’ statements. If they do, they quickly will realize that their unborn child is not the blob of tissue or clump of cells that the abortion industry claims. The unborn child is a unique, growing human being complete with his/her own individual DNA.