WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN?
After a man and woman have had intercourse the sperm joins with the egg to form one cell. This is fertilization, the beginning of a new life. This is how every human being started - including yourself. This single cell contains the complex genetic makeup for every detail of a person: gender, hair color, eye color, height, skin tone, etc. After this, nothing new is added but oxygen, nutrition, and time.
WHAT DOES LIFE LOOK LIKE INSIDE THE WOMB AT 1 MONTH?
1 Month old (1-4 Weeks) The first cell divides rapidly as this unique new life travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus. 7- 10 days later the embryo reaches the uterus and implantaion happens: where the new life will implant onto the mother's womb and they will begin to grow and develop here until they are born. Next, foundations of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are established, and by day 22 the heart begins to beat.
WHAT DOES LIFE IN THE WOMB LOOK LIKE AT 2 MONTHS
2 MONTHS OLD (5-8 weeks) By six weeks, brain waves can be detected by an EEG. Fingers and toes are developing, and at seven weeks the chest and abdomen are fully formed. Swimming with a natural swimmer’s stroke in the amniotic fluid this new life looks like miniature human.
AT 3 MONTHS?
3 MONTHS OLD (9-12 weeks) “Your baby has fingernails” is a quote from the movie Juno. It's true and unique fingerprints are evident as well. The baby now sleeps, awakens, and exercises her muscles by turning her head, curling her toes, and opening and closing her mouth. The baby is very active. She breathes amniotic fluid to help develop her respiratory system. By the end of the month all the organs and systems of her body are functioning and the baby is even producing urine.
AT 4-5 MONTHS?
4 MONTHS OLD (13-16 weeks)- Ears are functioning and she hears her mother’s heartbeat, as well as external noises like music. Mom begins to feel baby’s movement—a slight flutter at first that will become stronger. The baby has hair all over the body called lanugo 5 MONTHS OLD (17-20 weeks)- Baby is mostly growing and developing and by 20 weeks the baby is ten inches long. She will start reacting to loud outside sounds. Since all the body systems are intact, your baby is just growing and preparing for life with you outside the uterus.
AT 6-7 MONTHS?
6 MONTHS OLD (21-24 weeks)- At this point you may feel your baby's hiccups. Babies 22-23 weeks old can survive outside of the womb, thanks to modern medicine! Go visit a neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital and you will find these little people. 7 MONTHS OLD (25-28 Weeks)- The baby can recognize the voice of her mother. Baby uses the senses of hearing, touch, and taste, and can open eyes. Taste buds are in place.
AT 8-9 MONTHS?
8th MONTHS OLD (29-32 Weeks)- The skin begins to thicken, with a layer of fat stored underneath for insulation and nourishment. The baby is gaining weight rapidly and extensive brain development is occurring. 9 MONTHS OLD (33-36 Weeks)- Baby is growing and getting ready for birth. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions before adulthood, 41 have already taken place. Only four more come before adolescence. Ninety percent of a person’s development happens in the womb.
WHAT IS ABORTION?
Abortion is a procedure that aborts/stop/ends a pregnancy. It ends the life of a developing human being in the womb, the earliest and most vulnerable stage of life.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED UP TO 9 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY?
A PILL named mifepristone is used to stop the pregnancy hormones in the body and breakdown the uterine lining causing the unborn child to detach from the uterus. Then a pill called misoprostol is taken to have the baby “emptied” via the vaginal tract (by cramping and heavy bleeding).
HOW IS IT PERFORMED UP TO 16 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY?
The method of ASPIRATION is used. A hollow suction tube is inserted into the uterus. The suction from the aspirator tears the baby’s limbs apart and sucks the pieces into a container where the pieces will then be thrown away.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED AFTER 16 WEEKS OF PREGNANCY?
DILATION AND EVACUATION – The baby is manually crushed so he can fit through the cervix, a pliers-like instrument is then used to crush the skull, legs and arms to pull them out in fragments.
WHAT IS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION?
The living baby is partially delivered with only the head remaining in her mother’s womb. The head is pierced and the brain removed with a suction curette in order to collapse the skull. The child, now dead, is then removed. Sometimes the spinal cord is snipped or a drug injected into the heart to stop its beat.
HOW OFTEN DOES ABORTION OCCUR?
Over 55 million children in America have been aborted since 1973 under the court ruling of Roe vs. Wade. Globally over 40 million children are killed every year because of abortion. In other words, 1/3 of this generation has been killed due to the "choice" of abortion.
WHY IS ABORTION WRONG?
Every time someone has an abortion, a human life dies. Human life is sacred and should be treated with respect and dignity. Children developing in the womb (see above sections for developmental stages in the womb) have the same right to live as any other human being. The value of human life isn't based on our size or what we can or cannot do but rather based on the notion that human beings have intrinsic worth. This meaning that humans are valuable because of what we are -humans- and not on what we are currently capable of doing.
WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT READY FOR A BABY?
If you are pregnant, you have a baby inside of you. Abortion just determines whether it comes out dead or alive. Is there any reason that can truly justify killing another human being? You may be at point in your life where this is the worst-case scenario for you, but you also need to think about the child. Abortion would be the worst-case scenario for them because it ends their life. There are many pregnancy resource centers than can help you through the pregnancy and find resources to help you raise your baby or help in giving him/her up for adoption. Currently 36 couples wait for every one child that is adopted and over 2,000,000 couples are waiting to adopt.
WHAT ABOUT CASES OF RAPE AND INCEST?
Women in these cases have been gruesomely violated. As terrible the situation, abortion will not bring healing to these women. Although unwanted, the baby is still a human being. As a separate human being who did not choose the way they were brought into the world, they also deserve protection. They can be given up for adoption and found a loving home. Also, abortion procedures are uncomfortable and often cause increased stress on women already in a terrible position. Of course every situation is different and this is hard to discuss but the child cannot be forgotten and disposed of because of the ill actions of another. FYI <2% of all abortions are related to rape/incest.
WHAT IF THE MOTHER'S LIFE IS AT RISK?
Abortion is never necessary to save the life of a mother. A woman has complete access to medical care during her pregnancy. Full treatment for unexpected diagnoses such as cancer, pre eclampsia, and others can still be provided with careful consideration to both mother and baby. Sometimes the treatments do cost the life of the child due to the nature of the medical treatment, but this is not abortion. Abortion is the killing of the child with intention, not the loss of a child by medical treatment.
WHAT IF THE BABY IS HANDICAPPED OR WON’T LIVE LONG AFTER BIRTH?
How can we justify that one life is more relevant than another. All life deserves to be loved and respected. Aborting a handicapped child is discrimination before birth. Handicap people have value and worth just as much as any other person. Their humanity alone holds more value than a measurement based on appearance, skill, or intelligence. Compassion is an important element to society. If a child is not meant to live long after birth, then let those hours be loved and that child given the respect of a loving goodbye. They deserve to live, even if for a moment. The gift of life is to be cherished handicapped or healthy.
WHAT ABOUT OVERPOPULATION OR THE POPULATION HERE AND STARVING?
Overpopulation is questionable and not proven. Another problem occurring in various places is the declining birth rates where there will not be enough young people to care for the elderly and sustain the culture. Talking about either of these issues is irrelevant to the main focus of life. The dignity of every indivual needs to be protected regardless of when or where they were born. Killing any unborn child to fix a problem such as starvation or overpopulation is never the solution.
WHY SHOULD IT BE ILLEGAL?
Whether a women wants or does not want their child, there is no difference in the humanity of that child. The law should protect both unwanted and wanted child. Current laws in California do protect a wanted unborn child. For example, a murder of a pregnant woman counts for two counts of murder. If another woman had a baby the same gestational age but did not want the baby, it is unprotected and can be killed at an abortion clinic without reprimand . How can desire (to want or not want) dictate protection when physiologically the babies are the same? Just because you choose that you do not want a baby does not change the fact that it is a baby. Laws should protect every human being from intentional harm. It should especially protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
WHY IS GOLOVELIFE AGAINST EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH?
Embryonic stem cells are derived from human embryos about one week after fertilization. An embryo is a women’s egg and male sperm united together, the earliest stage of a human being's development and existence with a unique genetic makeup. In the body this would be the beginning of a human life through pregnancy. In the lab, scientists create this life to experiment on it with no intention of it growing into a person. You may have heard it called a "test tube baby" because it creates human life in a lab. At GOLOVElife we believe human life is sacred and not to be experimented on and thrown out. To date, no true progress has come out of this research, and millions of human embryos have ended up in the trash. This is not to be confused with adult stem cell research which we love.
WHY ARE WE AGAINST EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH AND FOR ADULT STEM CELL RESEARCH?
Adult stem cells can be donated by many different people and do not cause destruction to human life as in the case of embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cells can be obtained from many parts of the body, including bone marrow, brain, blood, skin, eye, muscle, liver and hair and in umbilical cord blood. These cells from non-embryonic sources have shown incredible abilites to transform into other tissue and cell types to repair damaged tissues. Adult stem cells have been successful in treating up to 73 different conditions including cancer and organ repair, while not a single successful treatment has come from the use of embryonic stem cells. Why would we continue research on embryos that destroys human life when we can use cells from sources that cause no harm to life?
WHY DO WE BELIEVE LIFE IS SACRED?
Here at GOLOVELIFE we believe life is a gift, not a choice. Everyone is created by God for a purpose and with unique individualism. Every single person is loved by God and deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.