What Has Science
Over the last two decades science has built up an overwhelming
body of information that leads us to just one conclusion:
The unborn child must be a human life. The child
quickly develops all the organs and systems that a newborn
has. It moves like a newborn. It has senses. It can
learn. If it is not a human, what is it?
Perhaps it was information like this that led some
doctors to consider the unborn child to be their patient.
As noted in Williams Obstetrics (20th edition,
p 151, 1997), "The status of the unborn child
has been elevated to that of a patient, who, in large
measure, can be given the same meticulous care that
obstetricians provide pregnant women". This
view is consistent with that expressed by William J.
Larsen, Ph.D. in Essentials of Human Embryology,(p
317, 1998), "The extreme speed with which both
our under- standing of human biology and our clinical
practices are advancing affects a new category of patient:
the unborn fetus." In further support of this
view, Jan G. Nijhuis, M.D., Ph.D, editor of Fetal
Behaviour: Developmental and Perinatal Aspects,
(p xix, 1992), considers human life to include the time
from conception to birth.
It's not my intention to make this a cold scientific
presentation, although impartial science is certainly
at the bottom of it. I hope the scientific approach
lends it credibility. However, the human life issue
transcends science in that it deals with our children,
and it impinges on our humanity, our deepest emotions,
and our consciences. I therefore hope the information
presented here also triggers an emotional response that
goes beyond just rational scientific evaluation.
May the images of the day-by-day development of innocent
unborn children inspire enough love in our hearts to
nourish and protect their growth until birth. And may
we then cherish these new individuals, providing the
kind of supportive environment that will see them into
a happy adulthood.
To any women who change their mind about having an
abortion after considering this information, I am sure
your decision will lead to an increase in joy and fulfillment
that may not be apparent to you today. The pro-life
community stands ready with material and emotional support
to help you in your courageous decision.
And help is also available to those who may be in pain
from an abortion that has already taken place. You can
contact the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation
and Healing, which provides assistance on a confidential
and non-denominational basis. Their telephone number
is 1 800 5 WE CARE, and their website address is www.marquette.edu/rachel/.