The Power of a Portrait

I recently came across the above photographs of a ten week old embryo on flickr, taken by an OB/GYN med student in India named Dr. Suparna Sinha, and I was struck by how beautiful they were. The mother had cancer of the womb, and her uterus, including her unborn baby inside, had to be removed. I can only imagine the pain that she must have felt losing this baby, having already been the mother of six children.

I made one of them my profile picture on Facebook, and the other day, one of my classmates from high school asked me why. I thought about it, and explained that I think that photographs of developing babies are one of the most powerful ways for people to realize the humanity of the unborn child.

I have been thinking about that though, and I think I missed the mark a little bit. It’s definitely true that they are powerful testimonies of the humanity of preborn children. But why?

I think photographs are powerful because it shows a real person, an individual, in one moment of time. These are remarkable photographs of what an unborn baby looks like at ten weeks, but it’s more than just an example of a fetus at a certain stage of development. They are also the photographs, the portraits, of a beautiful, unique, unrepeatable individual, who, sadly, did not live very long.

Photography is a medium that forges a unique connection, a relationship, between the observer and the one photographed, precisely it does not show an abstract idea, or a generalized model, but a real, and unique person, that if you had encountered in real life, would have been exactly the same. It is the same with photographs of babies in the womb, with photographs of babies killed in abortions, with the babies shown in the video HeresTheBlood

Those are all powerful because you’re looking at a photograph of a real person, and in looking at them, you forge a relationship with them. The babies photographed after being killed in abortions are not simply examples of one collective, nameless, faceless injustice. They are unique individual persons that were each victims of a distinct injustices committed against them personally.

For myself, the power of the photograph is precisely that it is the reminder that I need that defending the unborn is not simply “a cause”, or an “issue”, because people are not causes or issue, they unique, unrepeatable human beings that I have a relationship with simply because we both share our human dignity, and it is simply because of that, that I have an obligation to defend them.

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  • grace

    Jotunn, asks what about:

    "when a mother gets raped?", "incest?" and

    "genetic disorders?"

    To start with these represent less than 3% of the total reasons why abortion are done. To start with, you need to aswer why should the other 97% be carried out. ButI can imagine you will widen the reasons why abortions should be permissible, eg lost a job, partner breakdown, too young, too old, etc, etc,

    You simply miss the point. These unborn babies are human too. And I can hear you say, "Oh, it's really only a blob of tissue…"

    But to answer your question directly, why would punish some a child for the "sins" of the father? And that is exactly what we are doing if we kill the child in the womb because of rape/incest.

    More can be said about this but for a start check out http://www.abortsa.com/ and look under 'hard cases' . Likewise for genetic disorders. The audacity is to say that a person with a disability is inferior to yourself and that he or she needs to be destroyed.

    We should be looking for life giving alternatives for a teenager/woman when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy. It does not help either her or her child (yes, "her child") to simply kill this child in the womb.

  • jenna

    While I agree that these images are very moving, and it's incredible to see the physical outline of human characteristics in the fetus, I draw an entirely different conclusion from yours. If abortions were entirely banned, this image wouldn't have been made possible. The patient most likely would have been required to keep her fetus intact and would have succumb to cancer, leaving behind six motherless children. Are you going to deny a mother her life? Are you going to deny the pre-existing children of this woman a mother? Circumstances can be difficult. I'm all for life, but I'm also all for choice. Abortions should be made rare, safe, and legal.

  • Robin

    Jenna, the mom had cancer of the womb, they had to remove the entire womb. It was not the fetus that they removed to save the mom, it was her entire womb. Unfortunately, the child would have probably died from the cancer as well. It's a horrrible scenario, but it does not solidify the pro-choice position. On the contrary, it magnifies the truth. The truth is, that was a living human, not a "bunch of cells", as any abortion clinic will try to tell you. Human life begins at the moment of conception, not at some arbitrary point that we get to conveniently choose for our own purposes. I grew up being pro-choice, but there is no way to deny the truth of the situation. It is what it is, a human being, who deserves respect and protection.

  • jenna

    Robin, in the process of removing the womb, they removed the fetus embedded within, obviously taking away the fetus' opportunity to life. That, there, is abortion. You're saying that that shouldn't be done, even if the cancer would have metastasized to it as well? Just let them all die of cancer. Who cares if six children are left without the care and nurturing of their mother.

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  • Lucielle

    Everyone has a choice. Whether you agree with it or not, matters not. Get over it. Abortions prevent a number of issues. I'm not saying they are good or should happen often, I'm saying it is not up to you or I.

    As a song artist once said, "The world that has made us can no longer contain us".We have been conditioned to be a greedy species. We want,want,want but give nothing in return. You pop out a billion kids because you don't believe in abortion, but what did you do to make anything easier on the world? Besides have kids that are overpopulating our planet.

    People should take contraception more seriously. Having children is great and rewarding very true. However, are we that greedy and self righteous that we believe everythings our way or no way?

    I'm the mother of 4. I'm glad to say they are the lights of my life. However I did have an abortion because of health reasons and complications if I were to have the child. Anyone can tell me I was wrong. It was either deny my children a healthy mother, or deny a baby life. I chose the latter and I sleep at night knowing that no matter what, these infants are born or not born without sin. So, is it so bad to send them to God? God has plans and sometimes that might mean he needs you to give up something.

    It might be hard but its necessary. I'm sorry to the people who are too close minded to even see another point of view.

    • Lorhar

      I remember in the 60’s there was people talking about how fast the world was being over populated.. Then Roe vs Wade came along.. The poor woman claimed she was raped and, wanted to have a legal abortion. It went all the way to the Supreme Court and, I couldn’t believe that she won. But, it turned out that she lied and, was not raped & did not have an abortion. Now, I hear an awful lot of talk about,” The Baby Boomers”,
       and, how they are going to destroy our country. Now, we have Obamacare that will have death panels and, watch & see there will be a lot of baby boomers dying.. And, the attitude of the country will be as it is now for the abortions.. I was born during the war so, I don’t know if I would be one on the baby boomer’s are not.. They mostly say after the soldiers came home..  But, I don’t mind being included because, I know with all my health problems.. I cost too much money…. So, the country is going to exterminate us like the unborn… Maybe it serves us right for not stopping abortions…

    • Florakrissy

      Once I read about a lady who had an abortion. She had 2 children already. She felt so guilty, she didn’t know how she could tell her children “I just killed your sister or brother”.

    • Juliandgabe

      God does have plans, but he would never want you to kill your own baby to save your own life. Sounds like you did not trust God enough to pull you and your unborn baby through the complications of your pregnancy. And if you and the baby would have died, then that is God’s will. God makes no mistakes. Maybe He wanted to bring others to Christ through your death. But you intervened and took matters in your own hands and ignored  what the bible says.  But God has forgiveness for you through Jesus. If you  are born again then you are forgiven for what you did and already forgiven for future sins. But that is not a license to do what ever you want because you know you will be forgiven.

      • http://twitter.com/ladylei ladylei

        Having had been in that situation, I have to say with all due respect F@(% that.  I lost one twin and the other twin was stuck in my fallopian tube.  My tube started to burst and I was bleeding heavily out.  I was not about to let my 5yo son to be raised by his neglectful, abusive alcoholic biological father because I wasn’t smart enough to take the help God offered via modern medicine.

        • annie

          With a ruptured tube scenario there is no way to save the baby. I don’t think anyone would argue that you would have had to forgo lifesaving treatment in that scenario. In earlier pregnancies when there is time to make “decisions”, often one finds out about the pregnancy in the 2nd month. In these earlier pregnancies it is very possible to consider alternatives to abortion, like waiting until viability to deliver and manage prematurity. With babies surviving and thriving at 24 weeks (sometimes even earlier), if you are already 2-3 months along it may be possible to wait another 3 months, depending on the severity of the medical concern- a slow spreading cancer, is one of these concerns where watchful waiting may be possible.There are VERY FEW medical conditions in the latter stages of pregnancy where it makes more sense to abort the baby rather than an early emergency cesarean with expectant management of the child that is perhaps born too soon. There is always the balance of “can this pregnancy be safely carried to viability or close to viability where we can deliver?” I had developed a very serious condition and I was able to make it an additional 4 weeks- I delivered a baby that was 1lb 13 oz and now she is a thriving 4 year old (as of yesterday). But, if you take a “turn for the worse” medically, you can still have an emergency C-section (or in your case removal of the tubal pregnancy) and if the baby offered expectant management, RATHER THAN being torn to pieces or bathed in a caustic salt bath. As I learned more about late term abortion I saw that the length of time that it takes to perform a late term abortion (because it does take a significant amount of time whether it is saline, saline and digoxin injected into fetal heart- between the start of the abortion to completion) in a truly emergent medical situation it just WOULD NOT make sense over an emergency C-section. I suppose one could opt for a D&E which is somewhat faster, but the barbarism involved in the procedure is so great… the barbarism in any of the procedures is great… :/

    • Cheri

      “Everyone has a choice. Whether you agree with it or not, matters not. Get over it.”
      Rape is a choice. But I’m going to assume that you would not respond so callously about THAT choice. It’s easy to be pro-choice when you’re not the one being killed. 

      “People should take contraception more seriously. However, are we that greedy and self righteous that we believe everythings our way or no way?” You forced your way–abortion–on your prenatal child and s/he was permitted no say and no way out. You rationalize your decision with self-righteous tones. Looks like you answered your own question by your own actions. Not to mention your latter statement contradicts your first, by saying what people should be doing and then chastising others for imposing their beliefs. Pot calling the kettle black, my dear.

      “It was either deny my children a healthy mother, or deny a baby life.”

      You admit that you killed your baby. Good for you to acknowledge the truth of what you did and to whom. I certainly hope that, when in your old age and increasing dependence upon others for basic care, your surviving children will not share your barbaric sentiments to decide your fate. Their choice will be to either deny their own children a healthy mother/father, or deny their mother (that’s you) life. I don’t know if that will make you feel any differently about how one person’s choice can negatively impact another person’s life, but it’s worth pondering at the very least.

      “So, is it so bad to send them to God? God has plans and sometimes that might mean he needs you to give up something.” 

      Who did the giving up? You? Apparently not. You did the taking. What did you lose? Certainly not YOUR life. Maybe your conscience? I’m not trying to reduce the riskiness of your pregnancy, but you did not specify the severity of your health and/or complications that MIGHT have occurred had you allowed your pregnancy to come to term, or at least go as far as you could so that your baby might have a shot for survival as a preemie.
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2040601/The-doctors-told-abortion–Mother-cystic-fibrosis-defies-medics-birth.html

      http://www.prolifephysicians.org/rarecases.htm
      And where do you get the idea that killing an innocent human being is “sending them to God?” How would you like a loved one to tell you that s/he is going to “send you to God.” That “God has plans and sometimes that might mean he needs you to give up something.” Followed by a bloody mutilation that led to your death. Rationalize that.

      “It might be hard but its necessary.”
      Hello, death panel.

      • Jess C20

        I am normally anti-abortion but i think you are really rude and judgemental so i’m going to comment. Don’t you think her other 4 children deserve to grow up with a loving, healthy mother that can actually take care of them? or a mother at all? or do they not matter anymore because they’re already born. if i had to choose to either have an abortion to stay alive and take care of my 4 children i already had, or die having another and leaving 5 kids for my husband to raise by himself, i would choose the first.

      • guest

        did you just say rape is a choice?!

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  • Joe

    your little is safe and will see you again. Don't worry GOD will take care. Think about this when you with God you will never be in pain again.

  • Andrea

    To the one with incest, and rape. One crime does not make another O.K. to the one who want to leave God out of the equasion I will pray for you, and ask all to join me, for one dead soul cannot save another.

    • guest

      this comment makes no sense. 
      a) by calling abortion a crime in this case you are condemning the victim (the pregnant woman) to further suffering. congratulations. not very ethical. 
      b) someone who doesn’t believe in your god is not a “dead soul”. that’s offensive to over 75% of the world’s population.

      • DianaHall

        i’m Catholic and I believe I understood what Andrea was saying, I believe she is calling incest and rape a crime, and the crime of abortion to justify the other two does not make it right. And in reference to the dead soul thing, there are many walking dead alive and well, productive humans without any spirituality, so, I think I get what she is trying to say…how can carrying a child to full term, healthy and well, and possibly putting it up for adoption if not wanted or able, be “further suffering”? Pregnancy is not a disease, it lasts only 9 months, either way, whatever choice, adoption or abortion there is sorrow…

        I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer so, maybe you could elaborate a little more on your a & b…

        thanks.

        • DianaHall

          also, i don’t get the 75% thing, to my knowledge 95% of the population in the US anyway, believe in God…so, as I said, I ain’t the sharpest tack in the pack, but, I don’t get your comments.

          Peace & Hope to All

          • Kayla

            She said the world’s population.

  • JR

    My mother lost two out of six of my siblings at ten weeks. it made me cry looking at the pictures and made me think that that's what my 2 siblings looked like.

  • http://myhousefull.blogspot.com kriswithmany

    Even when talking to people that are very pro-choice, I find very few that can justify an abortion of convenience. It is when you move from that topic that the more intense debate begins. Why we allow abortions of convenience is beyond my comprehension.

    That said, I think some commenters here have misunderstood. I have not seen any condemnation or even accusation for the choice this woman made. In her understanding, she had to choose between her living or both of them dying. I see this picture as being much like the ones of premature stillborns or ones that died in the ICU. A way of remembering a life cut too short. God bless this woman, who is likely still grieving her loss.

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  • Tkahrmann

    But what I don’t understand is why not have faith that God could have taken care of it.

    • Karen

      Frankly if I found myself 10 weeks pregnant with uterine cancer, I’d think that God had dropped the ball.   But perhaps this woman, her family, and her doctors had a thoughtful deliberation which included prayer, and this is the decision she made, and she feels that God led her to that decision.   Not everyone has the same opinion about how the divine’s intentions are revealed.

  • Jennifer

    I’ve seen some of the comments, and just thought I’d add that it doesn’t say whether the fetus was still alive when it was removed. It is very possible that the fetus’s heartbeat could’ve ended before they removed the uterus. I don’t know what they chose to do, but it was likely, if she had cancer in her uterus, then the fetus may have stopped developing. How did they learn she had cancer in her uterus? That is not something routinely looked for. Something is missing from the article. My guess would be that she was having some problems with this pregnancy, they did an ultrasound to see if she is miscarrying the child, and something else was evidently wrong… maybe they chose to end the pregnancy, but it was also possible that she was going to miscarry a fetus that had already died, and removed the uterus at that point. There is a lot of medical detail missing from this article. 

  • Katie

    Actually, I have a personal friend who had cancer in her womb and she said that under no circumstances would she have an abortion.  She delivered her child prematurely and they both survived.  The cancer was the size of a softball but it was succesfully removed at the time of the birth.  It doesn’t sound like this woman had an abortion though, it sounds like she had an emergency hysterectomy which sadly resulted in the death of her child, but death was not the specific intent.

  • Gtyrplyr

    Deciding to have an abortion is no different than a mother deciding to kill there 10 year old child because they  have suddenly become inconvenient to them.  Anyone who has an abortion and the doctor who performs them will answer for it some day and there is a particularily hot place in hell for them

    • Adickerson

      All sin is equal – you judging someone for having an abortion is the same as the abortion in God’s eyes.  You might want to ask forgiveness for that tonight – you will be forgiven just the same as a mother who abort’s her child.  That is how great God’s love is – we are all forgiven as long as we ask for it.

      • Mr.D

        All sin is not equal…ST peter said,not all sin is deadly,,,but still, God does forgive a repentant heart.

        • Kluecke

          All sin is deadly, its the GRACE of God that allows us to go with him eternally.  Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of SIN IS DEATH, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This means that all sins are equal. When someone hates someone, it is seen as murder in God’s eyes. All sins are considered sins, no matter how we try to make them go in our favor, they are still sins.

      • Mr.D

        Is judging someone;s actions, the same as judging a person??

        • Crsabt2004

          No. God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.

      • Just a Believer

        Matthew 7:1-5 ESV
        “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

        Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I, even I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:18, 25

        Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.  All we have to do it ask and believe.

      • Crsabt2004

        Forgiveness is not simply asking and getting it. The Bible clearly states that in order to have forgiveness one must repent……repentance means to stop the wrongdoing and right it. And to try your best to never repeat it again.

      • Anonymous

        God has called us to judge people in a way to reveal to them His word, as long as we don’t judge in a harsh way that we don’t have the power for. It is our responsibility to judge in the same way Christ did so that we can reveal to them their faults and help them better themselves. She cannot have an abortion planning to ask forgiveness afterwards, because that makes no sense. If she understands it was wrong after the tragic event, that’s a different story… but judging someone is not always wrong.

      • momlzkcj

        So a lie is equal to murder? What you stated //all sin is equal// is not a Biblical statement. All sin is sin, but not all sin is equal; read Romans 1. I have read through the statements here and I see no one “judging” but condemning murder of innocent babies.

        If you look down further in Matthew 7(which is often quoted out of context to say Christians should not judge) and you’ll see we are commanded to judge not by appearance, but with a righteous judgement. Abortion is the brutal murder of a baby. That is a horrendous sin. There is complete forgiveness with Christ, for everyone and anyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/maryanne.evers Mary-Anne Evers

      With all due respect and calmness, your comment makes me very angry. You have no right nor scriptural guidance to make a statement like your last sentence. 
      God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. The way to heaven or hell is not through abortion or not having an abortion. 
      The question I ask myself when I think about all the women choosing an abortion is ‘what am I doing to help them make alternative choices’. if the answer is ‘nothing’, or ‘you are judging them and not helping them’ then God will judge that. 

    • Ryanne

      With all due respect and calmness, your comment makes me very angry. You have no right nor scriptural guidance to make a statement like your last sentence. 
      God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy. The way to heaven or hell is not through abortion or not having an abortion. 
      The question I ask myself when I think about all the women choosing an abortion is ‘what am I doing to help them make alternative choices’. if the answer is ‘nothing’, or ‘you are judging them and not helping them’ then God will judge that. 

    • guest

      wrong. almost no abortions are done out of “convenience” that’s just propaganda by anti-abortionists. (I don’t call anti-abortionists pro-life because they are not pro life. they are against abortion, at all costs, even at the cost of the life, safety and health of the mother). All those bleeding heart anti-abortionists here, you haven’t been in the situation, have you? stop judging.

      • a birthmom

        I guess you can say I was definitely in the position of a crisis pregnancy.  I was stalked by a mentally ill man who raped me, and I became pregnant.  Thank God I knew enough that the child within had a right to their own life.  I knew killing her would only add to my trauma.  I have read many testimonies of women who were raped and became pregnant, and most did not want to pass on violence to their innocent baby.  I placed my daughter for adoption for her well being, and made an infertile couple very happy, and she was much loved and well cared for.  She ended up with the only child I was ever blessed with, and she looks amazingly just like me, and I have enjoyed meeting with her!  I also have two beautiful grand children!  I never thought how killing a child is a multi-generational decision! 
        I’ll close with this, one of my favorite movie’s is, It’s A Wonderful Life.”  It is a great example of the adverse impact there is to the world when someone was not born.  Each of us was created with a plan and a purpose, equipped for the needs all the situations and people we will meet. 

        • DianaHall

          wonderful! it is a wonderful life…

      • Coo Per16

        ive only ever met one woman who had an abortion for a medical reason. she had a heart condition and would die if she continued her pregnancy. everyone else i know had one because they couldnt afford a kid or didnt want one. thats convenience.

      • Josi2591

        really? I just found out about a 17 year old that lives nearby me and she aborted her 7 month along  baby because she wanted to go out drinking and she thought it might hurt the baby……..this is her second late term abortion in a year! It happens all the time!

        • DianaHall

          how moronic…sad…she didn’t want her drinking to hurt the baby so she killed it and got rid of it so it wouldn’t develop fetal alcohol syndrome…how rich…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Delaney/715790300 Mary Delaney

        I am against abortion but I do also care about the mother. As in this story the mother had to have the baby removed because the cancer would have killed her. Her ( the mother) life was important!! And I have heard a lot of women speak about their abortions and not one of them had that abortion because they believed that their health was at risk. I am a mom of 7 and know many women who have had quite a few children and not one of us became less healthy because we carried each of our children full term and delivered them. Unless a women has a server health condition that makes them unable to carry a child being pregnet will not interfer with their health. Pregnacy is a natural thing that a woman’s body is designed to do.

    • Guest

      How many friends does a fetus have? Can it feed itself? What’s it’s favorite sport? What makes it laugh? Can it ride a bike? Does it tie its shoe with bunny ears or the loop, swoop, and pull technique? Can it sing a song? Can it tell you it loves you?

      Most importantly, how can you not understand the difference?

      • momma of 5

        My grandfather cannot do any of those things you mentioned except have a favorite sport and he hasn’t talked about that in some time…does that mean he deserves to die?  Does a person have to be anything more than a person to deserve life?  That is some scary philosophy there…

      • HkateD

        A 2 week old baby can’t do those things either … so let us suck him into four or five pieces or burn him to death … NOW THAT IS BRILLIANT!!! 

      • Coo Per16

        my toddler cant do any of those but laugh. thats a ridiculous idea. shows how under educated most pro choicers are.

        • anonymous

          do you not understand that a toddler can breathe on its own, its heart can beat on its own, etc… a fetus cannot do any of that without the help of its mother. so how can you say that is life?

          • mommaof4

            Are you saying that my brother that was on life-support for a while because he drown and suffered a tramatic brain injury should have been taken off life support? He couldn’t breathe on his own, couldn’t eat, smile, ride a bike, have a favorite sports team, etc. He had to learn to breathe on his own again, how to eat, how to walk, my mom had to potty-train him again at 14 years old. He has no memories of any of his life before he was 14. Should he have been killed because it was not convenient for my mom to take care of her child when she had 3 more of us at home? The womb is just basically life support for 9 months until that baby can do what it needs to do. As an adoptive mother my son is Japanese where abortion is just another form of birth control, I cannot imagine life without him. He very much had a personality from birth. He had lots of thoughts running through his little head. You could look at him and tell that he was thinking “You know, you are very nice and you take care of me, but you are not my mom and there is something off here.” We are very bonded now. He loves his brother and sister and can’t wait for his soon-to-be brother or sister get here. He is very much his own person and has been since conception.

      • Jodi

        yes he can do all those things in time. .. a one year old still needs its mother , so does a three year old..etc. What if the child is injured and can’t tie its shoe. Do you kill him? THat is absurd! By the way, fetus means little one in Latin. If we just called it a baby instead,,,which it is, no one would think they can kill him. fetus is just another name like baby, infant or newborn. That name is why you think he deserves to be killed……..even when he feels the horrible torture he sustains while being cut out of his mothers womb.

    • Kayla

      I call bullshit.

  • Gtyrplyr

    Life begins at conception – anyone who claims otherwise is attempting to ease their own conscience

    • Ddpsalm23

      Have you ever asked those who believe in abortion.  When do they think Life begins?   Most of the time they have no real answer!…so sad, the numbers of babies we have taken out of this world…!

      • guest

        I find it worse that those people who claim to be pro-life are in reality against life because they refuse to protect the woman who (hardly every light-harded) decides to abort.  yes, it’s a human fetus but this 10 week old fetus would not survive without the mother and has no personality. the mother however has other kids who need her, a life, friends and a conscious. shame on you for making her feel guilty after such a difficult decision.

        • momma of 5

          I read this article over and over and cannot find anywhere that the author makes the mother of this child ‘feel guilty after such a difficult decision’.  In fact, they noted her pain at having to make the decision.  Being pro-life means you choose life…in this case it was the life of a mother who would have perished WITH her child had they not removed her uterus.  This situation also happens with ectopic pregnancies where the mother will surely die if the pregnancy is allowed to rupture her tube.  The baby is removed because life is sacred…in this case the life of the mother is spared. But that does not make the mother’s pain any less, because she has lost a child.  The mother of this child did not ‘abort’ in the conventional sense…she had her uterus removed.  BTW, how do you know the baby has no personality?  I’ve met many 20-25 wk ‘fetuses’ that have plenty of personality!

          • DianaHall

            good reply…i didn’t get any of that out of that article either. i am wondering if the baby had cancer along with the uterus, etc. there must have been no way to save this child…heartbreaking…

        • Jewel

          I agree with momma of 5. Personality is there from the go. I have never met a 20 week old fetus. However, I remember being surprised that my day old son had the ability to forcefully remove his own pacifier. I though he didn it accidently so I put it back in his mouth only to have him make the exact same motion and remove it and then grunt in seeming disapproval. 

          When a woman aborts a baby or as in the case above cannot go to full term a REAL LIFE is lost. Speak life.

        • guest

          Most women who abort are healthy and are aborting a healthy fetus they concieved by consentually having sex. We are not asking them to give up their lives forever, just for a little under a year so that their offspring won’t be killed. At that point, the baby can be given to someone who wants it. And to support women as they do so, we support them though pregnancy centers and our churches.

          • DianaHall

            yes, women today use abortion as birth control…adoption-not abortion!

        • Coo Per16

          even a full term baby cant survive without its mother so thats a shitty way to defend abortion. by that example we should all be able to “abort” our kids til they are able to fend for themselves. is my toddler a parasite? because he does need me to live.

        • Jodi

          This procedure is extremely dangerous in many slaughter houses. Many times the mothers dies or are horribly mutilated. Those same women are so guilty about killing their innocent child that they are haunted the rest of their lives. At the time there are also millions of children killed every day that are late term. THey can feel every slice of the knife as their legs are first sliced off, their bottom chopped up, their arms are next as the knife gos higher….they aren’t given anything for the excruciating pain! As far as the mothers go, they wouldn’t be here if their mothers decided to kill them for any reason!

        • Wdunn5153

          Ever heard of adoption??? If birth mother cannot care for baby she could give the most meaningful gift to a someone who can care for and raise the child.

        • Laura

          Honestly, it sounds like you don’t know enough about many pro-life organizations. From what I’ve seen, many are looking for real-world solutions to these problems, and more often, blame the abortion industry for lying to and using these mothers that are in a difficult situation.

        • Laura

          Also, there are community resources that could help support he mother to be able the raise her children, or she could give the baby up for adoption. I realize those options aren’t easy, but doing what is right is far more important than doing what seems to be the easier option.

      • Diane

        Yes, and just as sad is that twice as many men’s and women’s lives have been destroyed because they survived after being sucked into the vortex of Planned Parenthood’s garbage disposal that destroyed their babies.

        Post Abortion Stress Syndrome is real. 2/3 of these men and women were coerced, felt desperate and that they had NO CHOICE, and had no idea what they were doing. NONE of them “believe in abortion.” Many of them are finding forgiveness and healing in the One who took the punishment for all our sins and when He did, cried out, “Father, forgive them for they DO NOT KNOW what they are doing.” That goes for every single one of us.

        The IRMA Network reaches out to others to prevent them from experiencing the trauma they did and to bring healing and freedom to those who are still silently suffering. Check us out at facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-IRMA-Network/246063288785238

        • Mrs.N

          This is true. I was pregnant with my first and the Father looked at me and told me “You’re an pathetic excuse for being the Mother of my child.” I cannot even begin to tell you how destroyed I felt after that comment. It broke me……I made the worst decision of my life and would do anything to go back and change that. I see my beautiful children now and how my first child should be here experiencing life and playing with their two younger siblings…it’s heart wrenching. I would love to become a power speaker in regards to this matter to talk to women who are about to make that decision to rid themselves of their child, the responsibility or the guilt of being pregnant. That way I can be the voice of what life is like afterward…but it’s so hard. In order to do that, I would have to admit that I have killed a child…..an unborn child who had no choice in the matter. It’s so shameful. I will carry the burden of this for the rest of my life.

          • Trisha Rowberry

            HI Mrs. N, I thank you so much for your honesty! I can only imagine the pain you must have while thinking of your first child. But as I was reading your post I just felt strong to remind you of Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us to his own way: and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
            ” It’s so shameful. I will carry the burden of this for the rest of my life.” I just want to remind you that you do not have to. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and let his peace wash over you. I thank you again for your honesty on the subject! God be with you! -Trisha

          • Trisha Rowberry

            HI Mrs. N, I thank you so much for your honesty! I can only imagine the pain you must have while thinking of your first child. But as I was reading your post I just felt strong to remind you of Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us to his own way: and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
            ” It’s so shameful. I will carry the burden of this for the rest of my life.” I just want to remind you that you do not have to. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and let his peace wash over you. I thank you again for your honesty on the subject! God be with you! -Trisha

          • Trisha Rowberry

            HI Mrs. N, I thank you so much for your honesty! I can only imagine the pain you must have while thinking of your first child. But as I was reading your post I just felt strong to remind you of Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us to his own way: and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
            ” It’s so shameful. I will carry the burden of this for the rest of my life.” I just want to remind you that you do not have to. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and let his peace wash over you. I thank you again for your honesty on the subject! God be with you! -Trisha

          • rosenbobs

            so sorry to read your story! Are you a believer? Because you don’t need to carry this burden for the rest of your life!
            Trust in God. Christ died for all our sins so if you believe and have repented, you are free! your sin is forgotten – it truly is. We all need our Savior, we are all sinners. I hope one day you do become a power speaker. The pro-life movement needs women who regret and who were pushed into aborting their child to tell their world their stories. God bless you and may He give you peace.

    • Souzana

      This is how i belived and thought as well. Since a year ago I thought it even more and I begin to relize that even before conception our thought of hAving a baby, thinkingnof it imagining how it may lok, the qualities we may have…. all these materialize its existance and then conception and then birth… Sorry for
      my english.. all the best to all x

  • Cassandra

    you can not judge them or the people who do it.She probably already lost the baby when she got cancer in her womb. If the baby was already gone then there was nothing she could do. But let me ask you a question. What if this person was raped? Should they be allowed to have an abortion with out pople critizing this person? Or what if their underage? Dont critize people unless you know their story whole story because you wouldnt like it if you had to do something and the person who read about it or saw it critized you.

    • Tabithastuckey

      I will answer that with a question….(what if a person is raped?)…..if a women has a 3 month old baby and a man breaks into her house and rapes her, does she now kill her baby? It’s no more that baby’s fault than the baby that may have been conceived by that rape. She would be emotionally distraught and maybe caring for her baby would now be more difficult because she may suffer depression, so does this justify killing her 3 month old baby? Then why does it justify killing her pre-born baby? Will that pre-born baby remind her of the rape? Will she really ever forget that? What if the 3 month old baby were in the room during the rape and now reminds her of it? Well, I guess she should murder that baby, right?

      What if they’re underage? By this justification, we should kill the underage mom too. Is this a raped underage girl? If so, then she is innocent as is the baby, so why kill just one of them? Girls are able to have babies at a young age, almost 1/2 a million teenage moms a year in this country, so the underage factor isn’t an argument only the raped issue and just as above, how does rape justify the murder of the innocent baby? It simply doesn’t. And if you mean just an underage girl that made a grown up decision to have sex and got pregnant, yes she should have that baby. Why is the innocent baby’s life the price for the young ladies choice? She is the one that made that poor decision, so if we are going to kill someone as the price of this, wouldn’t it make more sense to kill the young lady? Here’s an idea, let’s not murder anyone over this!! And the next argument may be that the baby will have a bad life because the teenager isn’t prepared to be a mom. Well I know lots of adults that have babies by choice and are not good parents, but that doesn’t mean we kill their children. If the teenager doesn’t want to keep the baby, then she should carry that baby and then give to someone through adoption. What a blessing to another person and a pretty small price to pay for the girl’s decision. In fact, if it were my daughter, what a great way to teach that we have consequences for our decisions. Allowing her to murder her baby, what kind of lesson does that teach her?

      And the other big argument for abortion is the case where the mother’s life is at risk. In this case the issue becomes an issue of deciding who lives and who dies. It is NOT your choice! If you get cancer and are told that they can save your life by killing your already born child, would you really say yes? Someone earlier in these posts argued that without an abortion it would have left her other children motherless. That is incredibly sad, but mom’s die all the time from diseases, car accidents, etc and leave their children behind. It is always tragic. So if faced with that situation, I would want my children to know that I did not choose to murder a baby to keep my own life. I think it would be sad, but what respect they would have knowing I did not value my own life more than another. Had I chosen to abort to stay alive, I would have shown them that I took things into my own hands and maybe next time I would murder a person already born if I knew it would save myself.

  • http://www.sunnyshell.org Sunny Shell

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000203466703 Alexandra Taylor

    if you don’t believe in abortion don’t have one. no one on this earth was put here to judge other people. 

    • Redsmarts

      i’m not judging anyone.. but we do need to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves…. people used to say that about slavery….. “if you don’t believe in slavery, then don’t own one” .. women and girls need to make informed decisions yet planned parenthood is against giving women information.. which seems wierd if they are truly trying to help women empowere themselves… knowledge is power…

    • Jewel

      Really cause we have an entire system of law in which we pay people great money to do just that…judge.

    • hudsend

      If you dont believe in murder then dont do, just dont judge me for killing others, thats MY choice.

  • Vickie Black

    It is a beautiful reminder of life from the beginning and how orchestrates every day from conception to birth of a human being. Thank you for this picture!

  • Sunshineandcompany

    It is a beautiful reminder of how God orchestrates life from conception to birth. Thank you for posting this picture.

  • http://twitter.com/LilianaMM101 Liliana Maldonado

    I love learning about things like this.

  • Suzy

    Wow just beautiful, people need to realize that these babies are the  future, Why then are we allowing a beautiful generation to be slaughtered????…the bible says to “Speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves, ensure justice for those that are perishing.” (Proverbs 31:8) Lord use me to be a voice for these PRECIOUS babies!!!

  • Casparrow

    those of you who are preaching the bible, etc are judging and I believe you are not to judge.  It goes both ways.  Don’t judge until you have been in the other persons shoes.  You don’t know the different reasons, etc.  Until you have been in a situation of abortion or the decision, shut your mouth.   Every human is an INDIVIDUAL… would you like others to judge you on every decision you make????  I am pregnant and not sure I would be able to go through abortion.  I have no right to tell someone what decision to make.  Leave it in Gods hands… he is the judge, not us!

    • Anonymous

      He gave us a brain to educate others to spare them the life long pain of taking their baby’s life. No one is judging.

  • Credeur05

    Some people don’t realize the Bible says you are allowed to judge a persons action as long as you are not doing that action yourself.

  • TMS28

    Hmmm…..if life begins at conception, then any woman who has had more than one period has had an abortion.  Over 75% of fertilized eggs do not implant.  Wow, many of you women have had numerous abortions all ready but this definition.  I have never understood why people think they have the right to dictate what happens to a woman’s uterus.  If you think abortions are wrong then don’t have one, its that simple.  I love how people use the “life is sacred” argument to justify trampling on women’s rights.  Hindu’s regard cows as being a sacred form of life.  So, maybe the Hindu’s should legislate that killing cows is murder.  All you beef eater are immoral killers.  Better yet, I really love it when I come across pro-lifers who also support capital punishment….really???  A woman has every right to determine what happens to her body.  I love the comments on here about there being “a hot place” for women who have abortions.  Last I checked, your Holy book also says, Judge not, lest ye be judged, oh and something about, Why worry about the splinter in your neighbor’s eye when you have a 2×4 in your own.  Very Christ-like of you.  If you truly believe that abortion is some mortal sin, then you should have comfort in knowing that your “All-Powerful, Masterful God” can handle the situation.  In my experience many Christians believe that God has a master plan for each of us, He is the Alpha and Omega, He knows everything that will happen.  Well if this is the case, then if a woman has an abortion it must be part of His master plan.  Interesting.

    • Anonymous

      Miscarriages and periods are not the willful taking of human life. You are showing your ignorance in that it is blatantly obvious you have never read the bibile and you are “reasoning”  God in your own mind. God tells you …you don’t reason Him.

  • Seitzmeryssa

    Honestly why judge…..Why say something about any abortion situation? Espically if you believe in god…God forgives; loves everyone no matter what abortion or not and i agree that its wrong if you do it more then once but if it happends once it was a mistake and we have to make mistakes to learn from them okay and obviously it might not be what god wants but if he wanted us to be perfect he would have made us perfect…But wer not…no one is and wether you had an abortion or a miscarage its no different, yeah you have a choice for the abortion but the baby still dies so why dont you yell at peple that have miscarages while your at it? Everything everyone is saying is so horrible on both sides i have this friend that had an abortion and now shes closer to god because of that one thing that happened….No one has any right to judge AT ALL; and what your not gonna judge her cuz shes close to god now? wel it still dosnt change the fact that she had one! the only person that has a right to judge is god.! and if you believe any different then im sorry but your going to hell cuz a sin is a sin no matter what it is and if you keep doing it then your no different then anyone else..! And really you have NO idea what youd do till you wer in the situation so dont say something about someone that has gone through it because after there are some people that already feel like crap because of the decision and would change it if the could go back and redo it but they cant!!!!!!!!!!! Have you ever thought about that? for some people its just as hard as having a miscarage…..So think before you say something to anyone because what if god came tomorrow…would you go to heaven? or no because you just judged that person for something they did when you should be worrying about your sins and what your doing wrong and how to stop judging people…..And honestly the babies are in a better place anyways would you rather them be here then get beat to death or killed by their parrents or even as they got older hated their life soo much that they killed themselfs? yet they dont have to go through all our pain and the horrible things we have on earth……they get to skip the hard part (living) and go straight to the amazing part witch is what everyone thats going to heaven looks forward to….Being with god in heaven…And have you ever thought maybe their too good for this horrid world? instead of thinking that the people that get abortions think their baby arent good enough to come into this world…..SOME THINK THEIR TOO GOOD FOR THIS HORRID PLACE! And think they would be better right next to god instead of here where kids call people fat; gay; retarted and all these harsh things…..

                                                                                                         God_Girl

    • Anonymous

      We say something because the baby can’t protect itself! We must educate others so we can overturn Roe v wade. We want God to have mercy on our country and heal our land. We fight for life because God is the given and taker of all life. Your friend may have received forgiveness but the pain of her abortion will hurt her heart the rest of her life.

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  • Armygirl4Christ

    All the attention surrounding the tragedy of 9/11 and the number of people who were murdered innocently. Yet, 4,000 abortions are murdering babies every day and the collective people aren’t outraged and saying “ENOUGH! NO MORE MURDER!”. Maddening.

  • Proud Daddy

    When my wife was pregnant the doctor asked us if we would like to do the pre-screening for genetic disorders.  She said it was completely paid for by California so we wouldn’t have to worry about the deductible.  We said ‘sure, why not’  A few days later I saw a boy with down syndrome.  He was smiling and having fun, looking at me and other strangers at the mall as if we were family.  I started thinking, why would California pay for our pre-screening?  I realized there was only one reason…. so that we could elect to have an abortion if we found out our child had down syndrome.  It would save the state more money to warn parents than it would in medical and other costs to have the child.  We went back and declined the test in principle.  We had the baby and it turned out he had something called Trisomy 13.  Doctors told us this condition is impossible to live with and that he would die in a month.  He’s currently 10 months old and loving life… he had his first bite of chocolate this Easter and has actually even said Hello and I love you (It sounded like I wuv you).  To imagine what would have happened had we done the pre-screening and the doctors telling us he is incompatible with life…. he’s a happy, healthy little boy that we are very proud of and love with all our heart.  Doctors are finally saying he is doing so well, they actually expect him to thrive.

  • Diane

    I did not know…that the 3 grown children I gave birth to years ago looked remarkably like those sweet pictures at 10 weeks, and I feel nostalgic.

    There are others that did not know…that the pregnancy they aborted looked remarkably like those sweet pictures, and they feel grieved.

    But Jesus knew…He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” That’s why we at http://www.TheIRMAnetwork.org exist to promote healing and forgiveness.

  • Bob

    You’re a dick.

  • holdtheapplause

    I am pro-life, and I will tell you exactly where your definition of life begins; when two other forms of life (a sperm and an egg) meet. As I am sure you are unaware, this could be several days after intercourse, you arrogant, close-minded fool.

  • Samantha Mace

    I honestly do not think this would classify under the “Abortion” stereotype. The mother had cancer in her uterus and it could have killed the baby and the mother but it would have been much more painful for both of them. Don’t get me wrong I am PRO-LIFE all the way but sometimes you have to look at the whole picture.. Put yourself in her shoes.. If you had cancer in your uterus and was pregnant, knowing the cancer could kill you and severely harm or kill your baby. What would you do? Would you still try to continue the pregnancy knowing that baby can feel the pain and you could feel the pain of what it is doing.. I honestly do not think I could make that baby suffer like that. Granted I would give my life for my children and unborn children but I would not let them suffer if I could change it. Just some food for thought.

  • Sam

    I honestly do not think this would classify under the “Abortion” stereotype. The mother had cancer in her uterus and it could have killed the baby and the mother but it would have been much more painful for both of them. Don’t get me wrong I am PRO-LIFE all the way but sometimes you have to look at the whole picture.. Put yourself in her shoes.. If you had cancer in your uterus and was pregnant, knowing the cancer could kill you and severely harm or kill your baby. What would you do? Would you still try to continue the pregnancy knowing that baby can feel the pain and you could feel the pain of what it is doing.. I honestly do not think I could make that baby suffer like that. Granted I would give my life for my children and unborn children but I would not let them suffer if I could change it. Just some food for thought.

  • Laurie

    I cant stop looking at this image. It is so amazing! I’ve shown it to everyone I know, and no one believes me that this is only 10 weeks old. They all thought this child would look like a “clump of cells” at such an early age. I think I may have converted some pro-choicers.
    Poor little baby, you didn’t die in vain.

  • Antonio

    Did this little brother or sister of humanity survive? Yes one you see him/her the attachment grows. Why do you think that the appearance of the aborted children have been so suppressed for so long. The doctors that capitalized on performing this “procedure” knew that as soon as the entire public knew that from conception it is a living human being, the humane of the human population would not stand for the selfish, self serving, responsibility escaping people that have demanded and lied to hold on to their “right” to murder, will and is going to be taken away from them, finally and for good.

    • Antonio

      *when you see him/her…

  • Godmother

    I look forward to a day when women with cancer will be able to have their unborn children, intact with the placenta and sac, carefully transferred to a heart/lung machine where they can continue to grow to term. We do all these other marvelous transplants; what is stopping us from being God’s hands in this way?