Let’s Talk About “the Science”
Medical technology had not advanced as much as today when the Supreme Court reached the Roe V. Wade decision in 1973. To give you an idea of how far medical technology has progressed, the first year that ultrasound was able to detect a baby’s heartbeat was just a year earlier in 1972. By the end of the decade, however, ultrasound had already become a valuable tool in obstetric care. Ultrasound technology has come a long way since the 1970s, able even to render images in three dimensions today. One has to wonder if the Justices of the Supreme Court would have made the same decision had they seen the developing infant in three dimensions in 1973.
It might surprise you to learn only eight years earlier, Lennart Nilsson took the first photographs of babies at an earlier stage of development. He featured them in a photo essay entitled “Drama of Life Before Birth.” Life magazine published the photos in the United States, and the issue quickly sold out. Life magazine did not hide the fact that these were lifeless babies, despite appearances to the contrary. (Nilsson had staged the aborted babies to look as if they were still floating in the womb.) A Swedish hospital permitted Nilsson to take photos of the aborted babies. It sparked a public debate about the point at which human life begins, and for a good reason. Evolutionists had always portrayed a developing human as looking no different than a chicken embryo growing in an egg or a tadpole becoming a frog. At 18 weeks (6 months), however, Nilsson’s subject looked quite human and was even sucking his or her thumb.
Let us fast forward to 1983 to the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning NOVA documentary, “The Miracle of Life.” (By the way, it is the most-watched NOVA documentary ever made.) Lennart Nilsson was back with the latest technology of the day to film the development of human life from conception to birth. People were able to see the mystery a shepherd king by inspiration described thousands of years earlier.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your
book beforeone of them came to be. (Psalm 139.13-16 NIV)
A year later, in 1984, A Silent Scream was released. Pro-abortion groups labeled it “pro-life propaganda” because it showed the baby reacting to the violence that is abortion. Narrated by a former abortionist and NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) founder, Bernard Nathanson, the film shows an abortion procedure as viewed through ultrasound. The justification offered by pro-abortion advocates was that, despite appearances, the baby’s reactions were all reflexes, not unlike those exhibited by a brain dead person. Recent studies prove that babies begin feeling something which the Daily Mail (UK) calls “something like pain” as early as 13 weeks. Imagine, then, what a baby aborted in the final trimester must endure before having his or her life snuffed out. Yet, we saw the standing ovation lawmakers and bystanders gave New York’s “Reproductive Health Act” in their state’s Senate chamber as Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law.
From the moment of conception, a new being with its DNA comes into existence. People may trivialize that, but science confirms with each passing day that abortion is an act of barbary unfit for a society claiming to be enlightened. So, yes, let us talk about “the science” and be frank about what we have learned since the “men in black” made their fateful decision in 1973. If we do have such a conversation, would we be able to allow for the practice of abortion to continue conscientiously?
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