I came across this fascinating animated video series called Inside Pregnancy.
The fetal development series created by Baby Center is worth watching:
I came across this fascinating animated video series called Inside Pregnancy.
The fetal development series created by Baby Center is worth watching:
This week we enter the 42nd year of legalized abortion in the United States and I think back to the day I came up close and personal with abortion. The day I saw abortion victims first hand!
I have witnessed many things over the past thirty three years in this fight for the sanctity of human life in numerous states where I stood against child killing. Protests, police abuse, men dragging women into the abortion clinic, and even the funeral of a woman killed from legal abortion.
Her name was Carolina Gutierrez and she received such a serious infection by the legal abortion facility she visited that they had to amputate parts of her body to try and save her life. But, the infection won and Carolina and her unborn child became a statistic in the abortion battle.
I took these pictures with the permission of her family, while attending her funeral:
The funeral was very emotional. Her story had been in the news for days and knowing the truth about the condition of the abortion clinics in my county caused me to be angry, especially, in light of the continued silence by abortion advocates when women die.
But nothing ever affected me more than seeing the real victims of legalized abortion up close, the broken bodies of the unborn babies.
We knew the abortion clinics could be throwing the aborted babies in the trash. So, how would we know which clinics were disposing the babies illegally? There was no way to know- we’d have to go to various ones and pull the trash to see.
That was a daunting task. But finally, our work paid off.
It was a Saturday afternoon when we approached a clinic located in a strip mall. The abortionist shared the dumpster with other business owners and we received permission to remove some discarded wood from the trash. Our real goal though, was the clinic’s trash- BINGO!
We grabbed several bags over a period of time, until, one day, we discovered that inside the bags were the containers that held babies aborted by suction abortion.
Then came the task of opening up each and every gauze sac. I stilled myself to open each one , knowing what I might see – not knowing how I’d react to it.
Several did indeed look like ground meat.
To see their fragile little bodies so ground up that no distinguishable pieces remained was not entirely a surprise – after all – these were early abortions and babies that had been violently sucked out through a tube and into these jars.
Then…after carefully slicing one gauze sac, there it was. The fully formed arm of an aborted child.
Then a leg, another leg, ribs, skull, etc…
As we rummaged through the bags we could see the medical records of the women whose children lay torn in pieces.
The cold-hearted abortionist had discarded the bodies of these dead babies in the trash along with their mother’s medical records with no care or concern for either.
At the bottom of the bag, we found a large foot which a pathologist later confirmed was from an unborn baby approximately 5 months gestation. The remaining body parts of that child were not in the bags we had.
As we meticulously went through the bags from that abortion clinic, I found myself feeling detached- I was looking squarely at the tiny remains of babies who suffered a horrific death and yet I had little emotion. After all, I had to finish the job I set out to do, I had to continue looking through the bags and opening each and every sac. Was I heartless? Uncaring? Unfeeling? Or was I being scientific and doing a job that had to be done?
I wrestled with this for a few days. And then….
The day arrived for the funeral for these little babies. We told no one who found them. In reality, those who attended did not care about the details – they cared only about giving these precious unborn children a decent burial. They wanted them remembered – their lives must count !
I attended the funeral like a pro, covering it for a pro-life magazine I wrote for at the time. As a journalist, I stood on stage watching people tearfully come forward and lay a rose – the symbol of life- on the small casket we purchased to place the tiny pieces of their broken bodies in.
One moment I was snapping pictures and the next….the next moment I was sobbing uncontrollably in the arms of an usher who was standing beside me on the stage. He must have seen a look in my eyes because his large torso was a comfort as I completely lost it and wept like a mother who just received the news that her beloved child was dead.
The tears and groans continued for a while and took me by surprise. After all, I was a professional, I was detached, I was looking at this from a journalists point of view – I was HUMAN!
As I write this today, I feel a lump in my throat as the memory of what I saw wells up inside me. I often think about the idea that abortion does not affect those who participate in it – the mothers, doctors, nurses, and clinic staff and I have to conclude that it absolutely does affect them.
As a young girl, I used to watch documentaries about the Nazi Holocaust and the Jews they slaughtered mercilessly.
Most people watched those films with great interest in the stories and facts they document.
But, for me, when I watched them, I recalled asking in the midst of my outrage, “ Who took those pictures?”
I remember thinking that had those pictures never been taken, society would not be sitting here today in absolute horror of what took place.
I knew at that moment that I wanted to document the abortion holocaust, and by the guidance of God, in some small way, I have.
As abortion limits are being debated nationally and even internationally – a growing list of babies is making it harder to deny the humanity and survivability of the unborn in the womb.
While late term abortion is opposed by most Americans, pro-lifers, like myself, believe that all life is sacred from the moment of conception through natural death.
When the Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade case was decided – it was rare to hear about an unborn child surviving outside the womb weeks or months before normal birth.
Today, babies everywhere are proving this idea wrong.
According to a Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics publication, by the 1980s, survival of infants who were born weighing 500 to 700 g or were of 24 to 26 weeks’ gestation became an expected possibility in regional NICUs. The 1980s and 1990s brought new waves of neonatal biomedical advances. With these changes, survival of infants born at 23 and 24 weeks‘ EGA became increasingly frequent.
Today, we are seeing story after story of babies born earlier and earlier surviving the odds.
Over at the blog: Life Dynamics – just this week they published three such stories.
Bella Davison was born a week before the legal abortion limit at 23 weeks in the UK, weighing just over 1lb – less than the average bag of sugar.
Now six-month-old parents Vicky Jackson and Graeme Davison are elated because she is finally leaving the hospital and going home.
As a result of their experience, Bella’s parents are now calling for limits on abortion to be pushed back in the UK.
Read about Bella here
Otto Wilhite was born 3 months early on December 16th, 2014 to parents Erin and Dave Wilhite. He weighed 1 lb. and 10oz. and was only 13 inches long.
A sweet video posted on the page shows Otto’s father, Dave trying to calm him down.
A picture posted to Otto’s Facebook shows him sleeping peacefully in his daddy’s arms.
Today, Otto’s parents report that had he not arrived early he would be 30 weeks gestation.
He is now three weeks old and weighs 1lb 15oz. His parents are asking for prayers as he continues to grwo.
Read Otto’s story here.
Jett was born prematurely at 25 weeks weighing just 1.4lbs – less than a bag of sugar.
The parents of little Jett Morris were advised by doctors to have an abortion, calling him a non-viable fetus but they refused.
Jett, now a year old, has proven the doctors wrong.
Jett’s mother says she hopes his story will encourage other women, “I hope that Jett’s Journey can give hope and strength to parents that might be in a similar position that I was in this time last year. The doctors gave us no hope whatsoever, but we found the courage to stand our ground and give our baby a chance.”
Read Jett’s story here.
As the age of viability gets pushed back abortion advocates will have a hard time defending their position to kill a child who can survive outside the womb.
But, again, the abortion industry knows what they are doing is killing. In a 2001 interview with the Wisconsin Journal, late term abortion doctor, Dennis Christensen was asked about viability and he responded, “At the point where the fetus becomes viable is a reasonable point where the mother should accept responsibility for the pregnancy,” Christensen said. But he added, “I still believe, even after a woman could deliver, this is still a decision that should be made by a woman on her own, based on the circumstances of her own life.”
When asked, if a fetus has any rights to its body? “Not until it’s born,” he said.
Originally published at the Life Dynamics Blog !
Baby announcement…Best reaction EVER!
This video going viral shows the excited reaction of sisters learning their mom is pregnant and underscores the pro-life message as the girls view a sonogram of the baby.
As the girls open a box which looks like one of those large decorated cookies they read, “big sister.”
With bewilderment they ask,”What does that mean?”
They quickly realize, ” Are you pregnant?” the girls ask their mom.
Their mom answers, “It’s true” and the excitement on the girl’s faces is unreal!
“Is it a boy or a girl?” one sister asks.
“We don’t know,” you can hear the mother reply.
The mom then hands the one of the girls a sonogram picture of her baby sister in the womb:
Both girls gather around and receive a glimpse of the humanity and miracle that is their baby sister:
Their reaction to seeing the image of the unborn sister is tears and hugs and much joy !
“OMG, I’m so happy,” said one of the girls, “It’s going to be really weird having another sibling,” she exclaimed.
You can watch it here and be sure to share this post!
Today, Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization located in Denton, Texas, has released a shocking video comparing unborn babies murdered inside American abortion clinics to those killed from American wars.
According to the latest statistics, there were 1.06 million abortions reported in the United States for the year 2011, the last year the stats have been publicly recorded.
From 1973 through 2011, at least 55 million unborn children have been slaughtered in the womb in our nation.
Although these figures do not represent all abortions performed in the United States the numbers reveal that the loss of human life from abortion is staggering.
Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics in explaining why they created this video said, “We did this video because it’s very easy to talk about 55 million dead babies but no one can fully wrap their minds around those numbers. This will help America understand just how overwhelming these numbers are and demonstrate the magnitude of abortion in the United States.”
A stunning new video graphically displays the sheer magnitude of abortion in the United States in a clever, if chilling, way.
Life Dynamics released the video today. One jar contains red beads, one for every 1,000 soldiers who have died in all U.S. wars since the American Revolution.
Another series of larger jars contain multi-colored beads, each of which represents 1,000 children who died from abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“These people did not die for any noble cause. They were killed simply because someone wanted them dead and someone else was hired to kill them,” the video says.
The sound of marbles clinking into one another goes on, and on, and on.
Even this display does not capture the full picture, as complete abortion statistics do not exist. Most estimates place the number of abortions at 56 million in 41 years.
“Although these figures do not represent all abortions performed in the United States the numbers reveal that the loss of human life from abortion is staggering,” the organization said.
At almost 20 weeks pregnant, Tom Riles and his wife lost Scotland Bansley Riles to miscarriage.
Riles said that when they received the news that the baby had died in the womb, they were offered several options – go to a “clinic” to “take care of the situation” or go to the Hospital. He said that they chose the hospital to deliver the baby because of their FAITH. Riles said he was so thankful they did it that way.
He and his wife were placed in a high risk section of the maternity wing so they were not around other babies being born but received a ton of support from friends and family as well as the hospital staff.
On his Life of Dad Show, Riles recounts their sad experience, “As the day went on, it was devastating but she went into labor and had the baby…and that’s why I wanted to tell this story because I wanted people to know that this is an option. The baby was born, we held the baby, the doctor gave the baby to us, and we were with him for about an hour just taking turns holding and singing to him and talking to him and telling about his brother and sister and we were crying, we’re crushed, but at he same time it was beautiful. Even though our son wasn’t alive, life never felt so, I can’t think of the right verb, amazing….parts of it were amazing, to be holding your son there… At the same time you’re thinking about the life that he’s not going to have…so sad but at the same time so powerful knowing and proud knowing that we, especially my wife, did everything she could for that kid, and gave him the same respect and love and support as she did our other two babies that are of course, are alive…and to have no regrets at this point.”
This was originally posted to the Life of Dad Blog:
I held you on Friday night for the first and last time ever. It was one of the saddest, proudest, most heartbreaking, and beautiful moments of my life. It was an honor to hold you.
I’m proud of you, son. Even though you only made it halfway through the pregnancy, you have left a mark on our family that will last forever. Because of you, I love my wife more than ever. Because of you, I feel a stronger connection with my kids then ever. When I hug them, I feel your presence.
Sadly, I’ll always remember the phone call last week from your mom when she told me that we lost you. I was home with your brother and sister, and I was in shock. Your pregnancy seemed to be the smoothest and most healthy one that your mom had ever had. I did my best to comfort her on the phone, and then we grieved together when you both got home. Our kids didn’t let us cry too much, though, because they kept requesting snacks, more snacks, and more snacks after that.
Usually Friday is a day that I look forward to, but not last Friday. I never shave on Fridays, but this time I did. This was the only day that I would ever hold you…I had to look my best. When we checked into the hospital at 8AM, it was a dark, dreary, and rainy day, just like the feeling in our hearts.
Your mom took medication to start the labor process, and over the next 10 hours, she showed her love and devotion to you as we neared your birth. By the way, your mom is the most incredible and beautiful person I have ever met. I’m so lucky to be with her and call her my wife.
At 8:35PM on Friday, February 28th, you were born. Even though there was no life in your beautiful body, you were full of love, heart, and courage.
ScotlandYour mom held you, and then it was my turn. I felt both happy and devastated to be holding my second son in the palm of my hands. We cried. We told you about your brother and sister. We visualized you running through open fields somewhere, free, happy, and full of life. We sang to you. After singing the final line of “Silent Night” to you… “Sleep in heavenly peace…” we knew that it was time to say goodbye.
You were with us for way too short of a time, but you will be remembered forever. We named you Scotland Bansley Riles, and your mom and I will bring your ashes with us someday when we travel to Scotland. Usually we don’t travel with our kids (they’re a little too crazy), but we want to show you the world.
Our precious Scotty… I miss you more than I’ve ever missed anything. We love you. We will honor you. We will be better parents and people because of you. Thank you.
Riles said that he posted this letter and is speaking about this because he said when people go through a miscarriage they feel they are all alone.