National Human Rights Month: Recognizing the Humanity of the Human Fetus
December is National Human Rights Month – a time to recognize and protect the rights of each human being.
The pro-life movement isn’t just pro-baby or pro-birth. It’s about respecting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.
In honor of this month, we’d like to share some of our favorite pro-life facts which really illustrate the beautiful, intricate design of each human child, even in the womb.
- Between 16 and 22 days gestation, the preborn baby’s heart starts to beat its own blood.
- The preborn baby develops noticeable facial features at 4 weeks.
- At 6 weeks, the preborn baby reacts to touch and has detectable brainwaves.
- Preborn babies yawn, suck their thumb, and play in the womb starting at around 8 or 9 weeks.
- At 9 to 10 weeks, babies develop the unique fingerprints that will stick with them for the rest of their life.
From the moment of fertilization, the new life created at conception has its own unique DNA. Abortion indisputably ends a human life. Modern science proves this.
Every day, we dedicate ourselves to protecting human life – both mother and unborn child. We provide abortion-minded women with a support system of referrals to life-affirming clinics, centers, and organizations. Our partners offer honest information and free services to help these women choose parenting or adoption instead of abortion.
When a woman visits an abortion clinic, they’ll often refuse to give her an ultrasound separate from an abortion appointment. And when they do perform an ultrasound, it’s usually for staff eyes only in order to assess how far along she is for the type of abortion procedure and cost.
Why don’t abortion clinics allow mothers to see their child and hear the heartbeat?
Because this process undoubtedly exhibits the humanity of the preborn child. The ultrasound provides mom a unique chance to see what’s going on inside her womb – to connect with the child she can feel kicking and moving – which oftentimes changes her mind about abortion.
These babies deserve a chance at life. These mothers deserve to know the physical and emotional repercussions of abortion – a decision that could haunt them forever or even lead to their own death.
We have better options available for both mother and child. All we need to do is reach these women with love, compassion, and mercy.