What is it?
Abortion is an act of direct killing that takes the life of a tiny human being - a life that begins at conception/fertilization. Abortion always claims a human being's life and is therefore never a good choice. Legislation that recognizes this fundamental truth should be introduced and supported.
Surgical abortion is an action that surgically kills a baby while she is growing in her mother's womb. Different methods can be used depending on the age of the baby.
Chemical abortion is an action that chemically kills a baby either before or after she implants in her mother's womb. Pre-implantation chemical abortion can be caused by hormonal birth control drugs and devices, including the pill and the morning-after pill while post-implantation chemical abortion is primarily caused by a drug regimen known as RU486, or Mifeprex.
What is my best option?
All methods of abortion have risks - both physical and emotional. All of these methods kill babies, whether these babies are at the embryonic stage of life or the fetal stage of life.
Please know that there are people willing to help you, listen to your concerns, arrange good prenatal care for you and be supportive as you decide what is best for you and your baby.
Be good to yourself-Be good to your baby!
If you or someone you know is facing pregnancy alone and would like someone to talk to, please click here to be connected with a local pregnancy center.
If you or someone you know has had an abortion and would like resources, information on healing retreats, or someone to talk to, please call Rachel's Vineyard at 1-877-HOPE-4-ME or click on www.rachelsvineyard.org.*
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Fertilization: One little boy begins the first day of his life within his mother's body. At this point, his father's sperm and his mother's egg combine to form a new human being who carries with him as much information as 50 sets of a 33-volume encyclopedia. This genetic information (DNA) will determine all of this little person's physical characteristics and much of his intelligence and personality.
Day 2: Our little friend is now three cells big. His cells will continue to divide as he starts down his mother's Fallopian tube towards her uterus (womb), where he will get the food and shelter he needs to grow and develop.
Day 6-7: Implantation into his mother's uterus begins and all the while he continues to grow. As his cells multiply, they differentiate to perform specific functions - circulatory, muscular, neural and skeletal.
Day 14: Implantation is completed around this time and his mother misses her first menstrual period.
Day 20: His heart, brain, spinal column, and nervous system are almost complete and his eyes begin to form.
Day 22: His heart begins to beat.
Day 28: This little boy is now approximately 1/4 inch long - 10,000 times larger than he was only three weeks ago! The blood flowing in his veins is completely different than his mother's. By the end of the third week the backbone, spinal column and nervous system are developing. Kidneys, the liver and the digestive tract are already taking shape.
Week 4: His muscles are developing, and arms and leg buds are visible. His large, distinct head is clearly identifiable, along with the major outlines of brain and eye vesicles, the beginnings of his central nervous system, notochord, mouth and pharynx, body cavity, and the basis of his skeleton. This tiny baby has grown to about 1/4 of an inch in length.
Week 5: Our little friend's face is taking shape; his forehead, eyes, nostrils and mouth are evident; external ears are beginning; hand and foot plates appear in his limb buds.
Week 6: The brainwaves of this little boy can be recorded. His different muscles begin working together.
Week 8: His fingers and toes are fairly well defined, and fingerprints, a unique and defining feature of every human being, are permanently engraved on his skin. All of his organs are present, complete, and functioning (except his lungs).
Week 9-10: All areas of his body are sensitive to touch. He sucks his thumbs, swallows, squints, frowns and puckers his brow. If his palm is stroked, he will make a tight fist.
Week 11-12: He now has fingernails, toenails and working taste buds. He can also make all facial expressions, including a smile.
Week 13: Although this baby was already a boy at fertilization, his sex is now identifiable.
Month 4: This little baby's heart is pumping six gallons of blood every day, and his mom can now feel him jumping around and turning somersaults, exercising the muscles and lungs he will need to live outside his mother's womb. Rapid eye movement (REM) can be recorded while he's sleeping, indicating that he is dreaming.
Months 5-6: He now weighs about one pound and is a foot long. If he is born now, he would have a 50 percent chance of surviving with the help of dedicated doctors and nurses.
Months 7-8: He can open and close his eyes and recognizes his mom's voice. His weight continues to increase and "baby fat" fills out and smoothes his skin. If he is born now, his chance of surviving increases to 90 percent.
Month 9: When he is ready to be born, he will release hormones to trigger labor. He may weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, and can be between 18 and 21 inches long!
Source: American Life League