At 15 weeks, unborn babies have already reached major developmental markers

By Dave Andrusko

On Wednesday we wrote about a press conference held  concerning the reintroduction of the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” which surveys show has very strong support among the American people.

Pro-life champions Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Chris Smith reintroducing this legislation to protect these children from a hideously death.

“This bill would protect unborn children at 15 weeks, a point by which science shows that the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods,” said NRL President Carol Tobias. “It stands in stark contrast to the Democrats’ support of radical legislation like the so-called ‘Women’s Health Protection Act.’”

The WHPA would establish abortion on demand, with no limits throughout pregnancy, as federal law. “While proponents of the WHPA claim the bill would codify Roe v Wade, don’t be fooled– it goes much, much further,” Tobias said.

Today Jordan Boyd of The Federalist wrote about12 Facts Everyone Should Know About Babies At 15 Weeks Of Gestation.” It’s a wonderful read; I will highlight only some of the fascinating information.

For example,

#1. “These Babies Can Feel Pain.” Will pro-abortionists deny this? Of course. How would you like to defend inflicting this excruciating pain on a defenseless unborn baby? 

Elsewhere today, Dr. Shelly Theobald explained what she saw. And this was an abortion of a 17 week old baby:

I still had no idea what the “procedure” was until suddenly I saw a long pointed object come into the triangular view of the ultrasound monitor and I watched in horror as the “tool” suddenly jabbed straight at the little baby. The baby immediately jolted violently as it reacted to the pain of the stab. I could not move: I felt paralyzed, dumbfounded. I remember thinking, “This mother needs to wake up and see what they are doing to her baby! She needs to know!”

#2. “Baby’s Heart Has Already Beat Nearly 16 Million Times.” “This heartbeat is often detected long before that, by five or six weeks of gestation.”

#3. All Major Organs Are Formed and Functional.” Boyd quotes Dr. Katrina Furth who explained “almost every organ and tissue forms within the first eight weeks after conception.”Dr. Furth added, “The rest of the pregnancy is spent growing these organs larger and more mature to prepare for life outside the womb.”

The remainder of this fascinating essay outlines such developmental markers as “Baby’s Skeleton Is Fully Formed”; “Baby’s Limbs Are Formed And Moveable”; and “Baby Practices ‘Seeing. ’” By the latter, Boyd explains

At nearly 15 weeks in utero, an unborn baby’s eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes have all started to develop. Babies’ eyes will stay fused shut for a while yet, but the seeing organs are still reactive to light and capable of rolling and other sporadic movements. 

Take a few minutes and read her great essay.