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Roe v. Wade violates science, which confirms preborn children are human beings

Posted in Abortion History, Fetal Development, Roe, Supreme Court with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2018 by saynsumthn

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Some people, especially those in the pro-choice camp, believe that “personhood” and “being a member of the human species” are two different things. But are they? By creating this artificial divide, society can deem certain members of the human family “persons” while denying that title to others of that same family. During arguments in the Roe v. Wade case before the full U.S. Supreme Court in 1972, Texas Attorney General Robert C. Flowers argued for the state against abortion legalization. Flowers was asked by Justice Thurgood Marshall, “Is there any medical testimony of any kind that says that a fetus is a person at the time of inception?”

In response, Flowers submitted dissenting arguments made by Senior Judge Campbell in a 1971 Illinois abortion case, Doe v.s Scott, which Flowers said was “very similar to the case we have before us.”

READ: Science shows the humanity of preborn children — so why are scientists ignoring it?

Image: Robert C. Flowers (Image: Oyez, 24 Aug. 2018, www.oyez.org/advocates/robert_c_flowers)

Robert C. Flowers (Image: Oyez, 24 Aug. 2018, http://www.oyez.org/advocates/robert_c_flowers)

In that case, Justice Campbell spoke against amending or repealing Illinois’ existing abortion statute. He wrote, “We, as did the Illinois Legislature, have before us the following undisputed facts relating to fetal life.” Campbell eloquently presented facts about the development of the preborn child, quoted in part below (emphasis added):

Seven weeks after conception the fertilized egg develops into a well proportioned small scale baby. It bears all of the familiar external features and all the internal organs of an adult human being. It has muscles; hands with fingers and thumbs; and the legs have recognizable knees, ankles and toes.

The brain is operative…. Brain waves have been noted at 43 days. The heart beats; the stomach produces digestive juices; the liver manufactures blood cells; and the kidneys begin to function by extracting uric acid from the blood.

In the third month it can kick its legs, turn its feet, curl and fan its toes, make a fist, move its thumb, bend its wrist, turn its head, and even open its mouth and swallow and drink the amniotic fluid that surrounds it. Thumb sucking has been noted at this age… with inhaling and exhaling respiratory movements.

In the twelfth week it can move its thumb, in opposition to its fingers. It swallows regularly. It has active reflexes. The facial expressions of a fetus in its third month are already similar to the facial expression of its parents….

In the third month finger nails appear; sexual differentiation is apparent in both internal and external organs….

From the twelfth to the sixteenth week the child grows to eight or ten inches in height and receives oxygen and food from its mother through the placental attachment. In the fifth month it gains two inches in height and ten ounces in weight…. It sleeps and wakes and may be awakened by external vibrations.

In the sixth month the fetus develops a strong muscular grip with its hands; starts to breathe regularly and can maintain a respiratory response for twenty-four hours if born prematurely…. A child has been known to survive between twenty to twenty-five weeks old

“Indeed, as medical science progresses in the field of detection, the date of potential viability moves continually closer to earlier stages of gestation,” Justice Campbell wrote.

He also quoted from Dr. Arnold Gesell, who wrote in his book, “The Embryology of Behavior”:

Our own repeated observation of a large group of fetal infants (an individual born and living at any time prior to forty weeks gestation) left us with no doubt that psychologically they were individuals. Just as no two looked alike, so no two behaved precisely alike. One was impassive when another was alert. Even among the youngest there were discernible differences in vividness, reactivity and responsiveness. These were genuine individual differences, already prophetic of the diversity which distinguishes the human family.

Today, a corporation is considered a “person” and yet the Supreme Court in Roe wrongly determined that a preborn child was not. This irony is reminiscent of the infamous Dred Scott case which ruled a Black man was not a full person.

READ: Harvard Law Journal concludes: The preborn child is a constitutional person

The Fourteenth Amendment, known for giving citizenship and equal rights under the law to former slaves and African Americans, should also apply to the preborn, as Live Action News contributor Kristi Burton Brown previously documented.

Fordham law professor Robert M. Byrn addressed this just prior to the Roe case, in an article published in 1970 in the Notre Dame Review:

From its original intent to safeguard Negroes against discrimination by Whites, the fourteenth amendment has evolved into a broad guarantee of equality both to artificial persons and to all natural persons irrespective of citizenship, sex or race. In an era of increased sensitivity to human rights, it would be the ultimate in irony if the corporation which manufactures the instruments used to abort the unborn human child was entitled, as an artificial person, to equal protection of the law, while the unborn child, who is in all respects qualitatively human, is deprived of that protection.

There is no doubt that the child in the womb is a human person deserving of constitutional protection.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Planned Parenthood’s obscene cartoon vid denies that pregnancy begins at fertilization

Posted in Planned Parenthood Videos, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by saynsumthn

PP Vid How Pregbnancy Happens
Planned Parenthood has published a new VID to explain how a pregnancy happens, the only problem is that Planned Parenthood denies that pregnancy begins at fertilization, when life begins. This plays into their profitable coffers because they can push “emergency contraception” harder to girls if they “think” that they are not killing a human being until the egg implants into the uterus.

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From the VID:

It’s time for another episode of the G SPOT

You probably think pregnancy happens when seaman or pre-ejaculate gets into the vagina….
You might think that Pregnancy happens right after sex…Pregnancy doesn’t happen right away…it could take up to six days to even fertilize an egg and another six day to implant itself…She’s not pregnant yet, the sperm and the egg create a zygote..Pregnancy actually begins when the implanted pre-embryo starts releasing hormones that prevents menstruation.

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Family LimitationPlanned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger even admitted in her book “Family Limitation” that Any attempt to interfere with the development of the fertilized ovum is called an abortion.
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In Planned Parenthood’s 1951 Book- The Gift of Life:
The booklet tells readers If one of the male sperm meets and unites with an egg cell, a new life begins.

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So, when does human life begin? According to Planned Parenthood, it begins at conception. So we have to wonder: If Planned Parenthood knew this in 1951, why are they the world’s largest abortion provider today?

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Planned Parenthood 1952: “Abortion kills the life of a baby”

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Following are some excerpts from the book: Conception, Birth and Contraception approved by Planned Parenthood and SIECUS four years before the legalization of abortion: (H/T Diane Dew)

“… at least one [sperm] will reach the egg, fertilize it, and conception will take place. A new life will begin.” (page 15)

“… the egg which, if fertilized, gives rise to a new life.” (page 3)

“From fertilization to delivery, mother and child are as one for approximately 266 days. At the end of the period the mother delivers the infant into the world …” (page 3)

“It is the female who carries the baby during the nine months of its prenatal life.” (page 17)

“However small it may be, the egg is about two thousand times as large as the sperm that must fertilize it. …it carries the food the growing embryo will use during the first few days of its life.” (page 26)

“… to grow within the mother.” (page 32)

“The inherited characteristics of the baby to be born … are determined by material within the egg and sperm … each mature egg contains genetic material carrying the inheritable characteristics of the mother … the child receives inherited characteristics from both parents.” (page 50)

“The placenta … transfers nourishment from the mother ….” (page 53)

“… ectopic pregnanc[ies] … are dangerous to the mother and provide no possibility of a live child.” (page 53)

“The growth of the baby within the uterus takes nine calendar months.” (page 57)

“The sex … could also be determined by examining under a microscope cells which are present in the amniotic fluid … however, the doctor would have to puncture the amniotic cavity. This procedure is not undertaken except under very unusual circumstances having to do with the baby’s health. So until the baby is delivered, no one knows whether it is a boy or a girl.” (page 61)

“… the bloodstreams of mother and fetus … never touch, and the blood in each remains separate. Oxygen and nutrients pass through the placenta, from the bloodstream of the mother to the fetus, and waste products from the fetus pass in the reverse direction into the bloodstream of the mother.” (page 64) [i.e., the fetus is not part of the mother’s body]

“… a doctor examining the mother can hear the fetal heartbeat … The mother can feel the movement … its arms and legs …” (page 65)

“… the doctor may perform an operation called a cesarean section and remove the baby …” (page 68)

“.. its head is well down in the pelvic area of the mother — the ideal position for it when the birth process begins.” (page 68)

“The new life that has been growing within the mother for approximately nine months is now ready to enter the world. The passage of the baby through the birth canal is called delivery, and the process by which this is accomplished by the mother is called labor… Occasionally, a baby is born before thirty-eight weeks … and the baby’s chance of survival depends upon its weight and state of development at birth. When it is time for delivery, the mother begins to experience uterine contractions…. felt by the mother in her back …” (page 72)

Teen Pro-Life Phenomenon ‘Lia’ Defends Rights of the Unborn

Posted in Abortion, Personhood, pro-choice, Pro-Life, Youth with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Teen Pro-Life Phenomenon ‘Lia’ Defends Rights of the Unborn

By Patrick B. Craine

TORONTO, Ontario, August 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life prodigy Lia Mills, whose Youtube orations have amassed nearly a million views, has set out to prove the humanity of the unborn in a new video, part of an ongoing campaign to promote the message of life. If the unborn are not human, the 13-year-old Toronto-native explains in her ten-minute address, then abortion is simply a matter of personal preference. But, she says, “if the unborn are human, then they have value and rights.”
She points out that textbooks on embryology clearly state that life begins at conception and human development begins at fertilization. “At conception, a new life with its own unique DNA begins,” she explains. “All of the body parts of the mother share the same DNA, the mother’s DNA. But an unborn baby has an entirely different DNA. He or she is separate from the mother.”

“It should be clear that when two living beings from the same species mate, the product will be the same species as the parents,” she adds.

Lia argues that all of the claims against the humanity of the unborn distinguish them from the born based on (1) size, (2) level of development, (3) environment, or (4) degree of dependency. She goes through each one and points out that we do not devalue born people based on these differences.

To take the fourth, for example, she observes that many argue the unborn should not be given the same rights as others because they depend so completely on their mother for life and sustenance. But Lia points out that a one-week-old baby is totally dependent on her parents, and the infirm are dependent on medical implements.

“Really if we take this argument to its logical conclusion, we should be able to kill those who are on welfare, because they depend on the government,” she asserts. “We are all dependent on someone to a degree and no one goes around saying that those who are more dependent aren’t human or are somehow less human than others.”
In the end, she admits that abortion advocates now accept the humanity of the unborn, but rely instead on the claim that the unborn are not persons. “They acknowledge the humanity of the unborn, but are now denying them their personhood, and thereby denying them their rights,” she says. “Is it possible to be a human and not a person?”

Having shown the humanity of the unborn, Lia’s next video, which should be issued shortly, will answer the question “Are the unborn persons?”