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Published: October 14, 2010 11:54 pm to Opinion Column

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.

  • Angelique Rice

    Although my baby was 12 weeks, his father took his unborn life when he abused me. Boise police did nothing, did not even suggest that I go to the emergency room, but instead told me "To knock it off with the dramatics" and they "aren't buying it". When I did go to the doctor the next business day, they determined the baby died 3 days prior- the same day of the abuse incident. Boise City prosecutor decided that there was not enough evidence for a case and it was dismissed. My unborn son (I honestly believe it was a boy) was murdered and no one did anything when I cried out for help.

    • Hutttnertina47

      Our society is so selfish that it will convince you that killing a innocent baby us the only way out.all we think of is us,us and how so called inconvient a child is.life is very precious and the one person that started all the hate is margret sanger! She wanted to so call purify thehuman race,that the only reason contreceptives are around!

  • Debi V

    I am so sorry Angelique. Unfortunately your type of story is all to common. Pregnant women are very frequently victims of domestic violence and that often results in the loss of the baby. There definitely needs to be more awareness on everyone's part. The abortion industry and pro-abortion government officials fight tooth and nail to prevent pre-born babies from being deemed "victims" of any type of violence. Remember how Planned Parenthood and so called women's rights groups fought to keep Scott Peterson from being charged with 2 murders. If a pre-born baby can be declared the victim of violence then it undermines their entire rationalization. So much for protecting women's rights… they are only interested in protecting abortion…not protecting women like you or the babies they carry and love.

  • Estelle

    So sorry Angelique for your loss and the betrayal you must feel that no one helped you. I am praying for you concerning the loss of your son and that somehow your experience will help others.

  • SP

    Angelique – I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I lived in Boise in 1976 when I was a Freshman in high school and Planned Parenthood was very active back then. They provided birth control (and I'm sure abortions) to young girls. I remember my Freshman year friends back then telling me that I could go there to get the pill without my mother's knowledge. Boise has had a culture of death for a very long time.

  • Shiloh

    Brought tears to my eye, Angelique. Today, more women are succeeding in bringing action against those who cause the killing of their unborn babies. It's a real problem for pro-baby murderers/Planned Parenthood endorsers. These photographs make their arguments impossible.

  • kim

    what did the doctor do with this fetus?

  • Michelle

    What a beautiful little "tissue". Aaaachooo! God bless you.

  • Michelle

    p.s. Thanks for posting these pictures of this "fetus" (which means 'little one'). It truely shows Abba's beautiful, creative, and complex artistry. Sad that he or she was the victim of cancer though.

  • http://www.plam.org Brian Gibson

    Do you know the gestational age of this baby at the time of these photographs?

  • Jennifer Rego

    Brian, the gestational age was 10 weeks, according to the woman who posted them on flickr, which seems accurate for the fetal development at 10 weeks.

    And Kim, I'm not sure what they did with the baby's body.

  • Jennifer Rego

    Angelique, I am SO sorry to hear about you losing your baby and having to deal with no one caring, not to mention suffering from domestic abuse. I will be keeping you in my prayers… God bless you.

  • Peridot

    Angelique I am so sorry for what you suffered. My daughter's father also took her life at 20 weeks gestation. I was very young (15) and the police in my area had me so worried about the embarassment a trial would cause my parents that I didn't even press charges so that my parents never had to know. Nobody cared about or even acknowledged the ache of losing a precious child that I still feel 15 years later. There's a book called Wounded Hearts, it's a magnificent tool in healing. I strongly suggest it. Angelique, you will be in my prayers.

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  • http://www.MicahPeak.org Jeff Brodhead

    Amen!

  • Lela

    Peridot (beautiful name.) And Angelique your stories of your children are truly a sad reality in our culture. God is judge. All the hate towards these innocent lives will be used for His glory. May we all shine out Jesus' truth. I have deep respect for these 10 week little treasures and the Indian OB-GYN student.

    ALL human beings are our brothers and sisters. They are especially precious to Jesus. Psm. 139:13-16. (I have three gifts who are in glory, and I will see them and hold them.) Peace to all hurting mamas. His Comforter brings healing.

  • http://pregnancydevotion.wordpress.com Seana

    When my son was born he almost died due to a hole in his diaphragm. Praise the Lord God that He led the doctors and nurses and healed him… now he is home. However, when I went through the month long stay in NICU 6 months ago, I saw many parents holding on and advocating for the lives of their little ones… many premature babies. My heart broke for them and the little ones that struggled to survive. There are successes, and there are tragedies.

    During this time, I was led to Isaiah where I read about the future… and the new Heaven and New Earth when Christ returns. No longer will a child be born and only live a few days… I am looking forward to that day when all children are born…. and live long. No longer will we need to advocate for the unborn… that will be a good day.

  • Victoria Bigelow

    I'm glad this was posted…and not just because it's good photography. It illustrates the very primitive level of development of the ten-week embryo. It underscores the sanity of the public policy decisions (e.g. Roe v. Wade) that support privileging the mental and physical well being of the birthed, full realized female.

  • Ninek

    Primitive? Look how delicate and beautiful the baby is, how clearly recognizable as a human and no other creature. It's an awesome testament to the humanity and beauty of the pre-born child. I'm inspired and amazed by this and it makes me more pro-life than ever.

  • Jill

    Victoria, it's startling how different your tone is from the others'. Your harshness is needed in order to justify what you know in your heart is violence to children. You know that this child is not primitive, but you harden your heart to his humanity and personhood and life in order to validate your life choices. Lord have mercy.

  • Alice

    It's a sad time when people feel forced to make the decision to abort an unborn child, but God is merciful and willing to forgive! Those who suffer the pain of knowing they took a little life can have forgiveness if they turn to the Lord and seek him honestly. Healing is possible!

  • James Mears

    Thank you for this very powerful photo and your accompanying thoughts. I pray that more people can break through the obstructions of government and media supported denial to see the truth and beauty of the human lives being destroyed through abortion.

  • Jennifer Rego

    "privileging the mental and physical well being of the birthed, full realized female"… Wow. So, Victoria, in other words the law exists to protect those who are most developed, and already most capable of defending themselves? That's backwards. Laws are intended to protect those at risk from being marginalized and oppressed by those who are more powerful then they are. Honestly, it's sad we need laws protecting the unborn, because they shouldn't BE at risk, but they are, so we do need laws to protect them.

    Your reasoning implies that an infant of 6 months, or a toddler of 2 years, etc, is less important than an adult female simply because she's "more fully realized". So, do you support a woman's right to kill them too, if they're getting in the way of her "physical and mental well being"?

    And for that matter, abortion has done nothing to "privilege the mental and physical well-being of the birthed, fully realized female", as evidenced by much higher rates of depression, suicide, infertility, cancer and other health complications amongst post-abortive women than others.

  • http://feministsense.blogspot.com/ Terri K

    Victoria,

    Thanks for your post! It's a perfect illustration of how this is really a war of ideologies. One side advocates for the human dignity of all people from their biological beginning (i.e. conception) to natural death. Simple and just.

    The other side (your side) says that whoever is in power at the time gets to determine a subjective arbitrary quality of life that determines whether a person deserves to live or die. In your case, the standard is "birthed…full (sic) realized" person. Arbitrary, isn't it? I mean, babies get "birthed" at all stages of development. And what does "full realized" mean? Go ahead, make something up…. One needn't have a PhD in rocket science to see how inherently dangerous that philosophy is. The scary thing is that so many people (like you) enthusiastically embrace a mindset that negates the inherent dignity of their own lives. When a "quality of life" ethic is the standard for determining who gets to live and who gets to die, then nobody is safe. It all depends on who happens to be in power at the time. It deems worthless the lives of anyone who is vulnerable for any reason, even if only temporarily (as in the case of pre-born children).

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  • jes

    the bible, the old testament, says that if a man causes an unborn child death, bc of violence or argument, that man is to be PUT TO DEATH as punishment for bringing death to that baby. amazing huh. God believes in life and rites before birth.

  • Paul

    I beliewe with all my heart, mind and spirit that all things, all life is made by God. This sad picture has been played out millions of times around the world, It has been my observation that the death of many children occured during the times of Moses and Jesus. Therefore it only makes sense that the book of revelation points to the destruction of the 3rd of the World Population. It seems obvious to me Christs return is near. I pray Gods blessings and comfort to all the mothers who have suffered this pain. Most especially the mother of this child. I can feel her pain from here.

    Maranatha – Our Lord, come!

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  • Pam

    Terri K..very well said.

    "The scary thing is that so many people (like you) enthusiastically embrace a mindset that negates the inherent dignity of their own lives."

    I found this to be a very thought provoking statement…

    When someone willingly denies or ignores (and those who agree) the reality of life in the womb so that they may justify the terminating of an unwanted child which they believe may complicate their future, do negate the dignity of life, including their own. The sanctity of their life has just been diminished as well as their unborn child's. Not in the eyes of God but in the eyes of the culture that allows such things to occur.

    Is this not the first sin committed back in the Garden of Edan?

    The delusion of autonomy…man's desire to determine right from wrong apart from God.

    Judgment will follow.

  • http://mceversmeditations.blogspot.com M.C. Evers

    Victoria–so should an intellectually handicapped child be put to death because he/she is not "fully realized" and is a "drain" on the resources of his or her parents?

    Also, why is it that you can go to jail for harming an eagle egg–a not fully realized eagle? Are you suggesting eagle life is more valuable than human life?

  • http://mceversmeditations.blogspot.com M.C. Evers

    Sorry for a double-post, but Victoria, need I remind you of Aktion T4?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aktion_T4

  • cathi bie

    so sorry for your loss!!! I pray you'll remember your baby is in heaven!! Its never easy losing a baby, or child, or adult, even a gma! no matter the situation,

    its never easy!

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  • Leticia

    Peridot, BEAUTIFUL name. Beautiful baby, thank you for sharing. I am so sorry Angelique. I can only imagine the pain you must have felt losing your child at the hands of his father.

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  • Missy

    This saddens me… I had an unruptured ectopic (12) weeks. I had the most beautiful amniotic sac removed out of my right tube. I was surprised at how large the sac was. My tests results came back with my tube being unremarkable with good blood flow.

    When I see the pictures of mine, I wonder, was there a live embryo in there? No one told me. Nor was I told that a removal of an ectopic was also, according to my Catholic faith, a abortion.

    This was not disclosed to me before they removed it. I am severely saddened about this. I was heading towards my second trimester. My child had a heart, eyes, etc… I wish they would have been more informative before having this procedure.

    There are cases where embryos can survive outside of the uterus.

    • Jet1295

      I lost our third child to a badly ruptured ectopic pregnancy in April ’06.  I went to our priest, I consulted everything I could about Church teachings online and in the Catechism, to try to figure out the “okay” or “not okay” status of receiving medical treatment for the rupture that ended up causing a tremendous pooling of blood in my abdominal cavity. Had to be performed more like an emergency c-section than the laproscopic operation it was supposed to be; that’s how bad it was.  The baby’s heartbeat was already gone, and I could have died.  What they did with me was the only method of treating an ectopic acceptable in Church life teachings.  They removed my entire fallopian tube.  Even if the baby were still alive at that point, the loss of his/her life would not have been the primary focus.  It would be removing the damaged part of my body, that is, my tube.  This is where I really think the Church needs to be very, very clear, because I think there are many women who have gone through this who probably worry and despair over it.  If your entire tube was removed in order to treat the ectopic that was killing you, the loss of the baby is due to “double effect.”  The primary intent was not to kill the baby.  The primary intent was to treat the illness.  The baby died as the result of this, just as in the case that is connected to these photographs.  In that situation, the mother’s cancerous uterus was removed, and the baby died as a secondary result of this.  In the case of an ectopic, the acceptable, “double effect” treatment is to remove the tube, or the entire section of tube being affected by the baby growing in the wrong place.  There was at least one case where a baby was then transplanted into the mother’s womb and continued to grow, was born & lived until sometime in childhood.  The treatments that are not okay according to Catholic teachings, are the ones where the direct, primary intent is to get rid of the baby and save the tube.  One where the tube is cut open and the baby removed, and one where the mother is given a medication that basically dissolves the baby in the tube.  If your tube was removed, or part of it removed, you did NOT have an abortion.  Just as the woman in this story did NOT (despite what others here are saying) have an abortion.  The primary effect of the surgery was to remove the cancerous uterus.  The baby died because the uterus was removed.  They did not go into the uterus and cut the baby out.  The baby’s death was a double effect of the surgery to remove the cancer.I am sad to say that if they removed the sac but left your tube intact, this is considered abortive.  But you were not well-informed by anyone, and I strongly suspect your culpability would be greatly reduced.  You didn’t agree to that treatment with full understanding of it.  Many hugs and prayers to you.  An ectopic pregnancy, or something like uterine cancer while pregnant…are just not discussed clearly enough, in my mind.  Like a “regular” miscarriage, they are often very painful and tragic, but that ends up compounded because you’re left wondering…”if my baby had been in the right place, wouldn’t I be holding him/her now?”  I always said, I think I would have been more accepting of a first trimester miscarriage (I was at about 6 weeks with mine).  Sad and devastated, of course.  But at some peace that there must have been something wrong with the baby for that to happen.  Ectopic, or someone having a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer — a bit harder to swallow because it’s likely nothing was wrong with the baby.

      So sorry.  God Bless.   

      • Jet1295

        If this site will allow me to share a link, here is a discussion about Church teachings about ectopic pregnancies and double effect.

        http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=1043

        • Jet1295

          Anyone reading this, please note that as I read further, I realized the conflicting comments of the posters on the thread.  Many are actually inaccurate as far as what the Church actually has to say about treatment of an ectopic.  Three I’d like to point out that are actually good comments, are I think #13, #16 & #51.  The references to what Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has to say about it are the strongest regarding ACTUAL Catholic, pro-life views. 

          A much better link, with an in-depth discussion on this matter, is:
          http://www.cuf.org/faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=57

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  • Rosalinda

    I am in love with this picture. So much so, I had cards made with this beautiful image on the front and sent them to every single priest in our Archdiocese, with a hand written cordial invition asking them to lead us in prayer at Planned Parenthood. I have received 10 calls from priests out of 350. We started a Priest Led prayer vigil last october and have consistantly enjoyed the leadership of a Deacon or Priest every single month leading NO LESS than 125+ people in prayer right in front of Planned Parenthood every 1st Saturday of every month. It's a glorious experience. Please always pray to St. Vianney that our priests are given the graces they need to lead us in the path of courage and rightousness.

  • Jodi Peterson

    Thank you so much for publishing this picture and article. Certainly not the "blob of tissue" the abortionists try to portray. May the tragic end of this baby's life produce compassion in the hearts of those who are hardened. May we grieve over what grieves God.

  • CS

    Is there a way to Share this on Facebook? Post it to my profile?

  • Desiree

    This picture is beyond stunning I believe God allowed this picture to happen because he knows this is going to be undeniable to someone somewhere that life begins in the womb.

    I must say that many people are hurting from the pain and guilt of

    abortion and thats a real reason many dont admit what an amazing being is in the womb. My aunt when I showed her a family members 10 week ultrasound just repeatedly said they must have the age wrong i think they are wrong. (shes been through an abortion) its very difficult to understand but they just dont want to believe what theyve done sadly its the first step towards healing.

  • http://www.presentconcerns.blogspot.com Thomas Yonan

    Awesome photos. I posted one on my blog. Also, we generally refer to the pre-born child as a "fetus". While this is correct terminology, "fetus" sounds so impersonal. Hence, I typically use the alternative expression "prenatal child". The early feminists, Susan B. Anthony, et al., who were opposed to abortion, would use the terms "prenatal child" and "antenatal child" as well. The early feminists simply called abortion "child murder." See
    http://www.feministsforlife.org/history/foremoth….

    In sum, I think we should get in the habit of using the more personalized term of "prenatal child" whenever possible.

  • Catherine Wood

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    VICTORIA BIGELOW: I’m glad this was posted…and not just because it’s good photography. It illustrates the very primitive level of development of the ten-week embryo. It underscores the sanity of the public policy decisions (e.g. Roe v. Wade) that support privileging the mental and physical well being of the birthed, full realized female.

    What exactly did you find primitive Victoria? The large eyes looking at the childs world from the safety of her mothers womb? The tiny ears that hear the mothers heart beating? Was it the tiny fingers and toes that you found so unworthy? Or was it the large beating heart, seen so clearly through the thin transluscient skin, that cemented your hatred of the one miraculous gift that God gives to women, the ability to assist Him in the creation of life.

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  • renee

    i had an abortion when i was 17. very few days go by when i dont regret my decision. i have had a great life but always wonder what my child would look like, i pray that one day i will be able to forgive myself but i dont think that day will ever come. Seeing photos like this make me feel about an inch tall .. i would give up anything to feel my babies skin :'(

    • jodi

      Renee, there is hope and healing.  Contact your local pregnancy care center and they can put you in touch with someone who can help you heal.  I know they helped me.  I too made that uninformed decision. I too regret my abortion

    • Mattnickv

      Oh My dear Renee,
      there is nothing you can do that can seperate you from the love of God. Ask to be forgiven for this sin and all others and you will be forgiven. Please do not live like this anymore, you made a mistake, you were a child and you now are an adult who realizes what you did wrong.  It is not about forgiving yourself, ask God to forgive YOU. He will, he knows what you did and he grieves for the baby and you but He is willing and able to heal your pain, regret and self pity about this sin. God bless you and God heal your heart in this issue.

    • Guest

      I will be honest I felt the same way…I too had the same exact situation. I was fresh out of hs and was a State away from my family. My doctor told me to go to the clinic and I was driven there a few hours later. I will never forget that day. It makes me cry just to think about it now. I live with so much regret and in fear for what I will face come judgement day. I am a strong Christian now, have 3 amazing children who are complete blessings mis-carried twice (which the first time I blamed myself for what I had done as I felt it was my punishment) I don’t talk about it to anyone. My husband knows and he is so kind and tells me I was young and that God DOES forgive me. But reading your post literally summed up ME exactly…reading the harshness in peoples tones breaks my heart and makes me feel even guiltier. It took me 10 years before I told my own mom…she cried with me. I feel so much better when I can talk about it, but don’t wanna feel judged as I DO regret my decision. I pray for forgiveness on a regular basis…I just hope He hears me.

  • Paula Risler

    Renee…you can turn that sorrow to repentance with God's help! Ask Him! If you know Him already then you know you are forgiven and you can "use" that repentance to serve Him and others. Go out with your regret message and help women to choose life for their babies. Talk about the humanity of the preborn baby and about what God says about abortion "Thou shalt not murder". Tell them about the only balm for their soul, Jesus the Christ.

    Does anyone know how I can receive permission to copy this picture? I would like to make it into a poster.

  • AnnaMarie

    So in Victoria's eyes anyone deemed primitive or not fully realized should be discarded. So the lady in PA who killed her 5 newborns and discarded them in coolers in her closet is justified?? ?http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101025/ap_on_re_us/us_remains_in_cooler
    Remember your words in 2030 when the newly established Global Governance aka OWO (both can be googled) decides anyone not towing the line in regards to their new laws and policies deem you unworthy of existence. Or when you decide to retire and are no longer contributing to the work force you can be euthenized.

  • Jotunn

    I thought to myself "Don't do this, whatever you do…. don't do this" but then I thought, "Though you can't win against a fundamentalism, but it'll be fun from your side at least"

    so here goes..

    Maybe this is bad, but M.C. Evers… Did you really just compare a comment on liveaction.org about Nazis? This is heinous? Comparing "Victoria" here with a Nazi is absolutely absurd, that is a shameful tactic of internet debate. Low-blows are a way of saying "I'm right, you're wrong, but because I know no way of proving it… you're a (Nazi in this case)" C'mon dude, someone strikes up a debate and that's your response? You even added in the word ""Drain"". What?!

    Victoria, I don't know how I feel about what you said. It seems mostly vague and unintelligible to me so I don't see why everyone is so mad. I can't even really understand what you're saying. In fact it seems almost deliberately set off to imply something bad, but is still easily defendable. weird… who knows?

    If only there were an Atheist God to pray to… Oh that's right? That wouldn't make any sense? Theology quite often makes no sense, and I even knew this at a young age when I was allowed freedom by my parents to not go to church. I'm pretty thankful of them, but when I read this crap I get really irritated.

    This is setting it straight, if you want to play hardball, leave God out. You know what really makes me not want to be Pro-Life? It's the apparent connection with "God". It's never about any other religions, Buddhists don't support "pro-life-agenda" on the corner, Muslims aren't holding up signs, it's always white Christian people. What does this tell me? That if the only leg you have to stand on is God, you haven't got much.

    If you really want to win the debate, (which can still be won with me, and trust me, you want me on your side) can we here some facts? Can we say what we don't know, and what we do know? The Bible is not a reasonable place to gain evidence, simply because I reserve the right to disagree with it based on it's fundamentals.

    So instead of saying "Oh how precious! How Cute! and whatever" can we please roll in some facts?

    Who about when a mother gets raped?

    What about incest?

    What about genetic disorders?

    All these are questions you can have two sides too.

    Have fun with me.

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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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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. 

      • 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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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!

        • 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.

        • 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!

    • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDWHFOCJDIMNLGDZUQWAHB2V2U Rachel

    Beautifully written, and what a great point! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681473501 Clarissa Masnaghetti

    Heartbreaking yet amazing to behold.  I pray that God heals the mother from her physical and emotional pain and accept that beautiful baby into his loving embrace.

  • Crystalann432

    I agree with every word you have written, a picture speaks  a thousand words….this speaks a million more. Life is truly precious, especially that of a developing baby.

  • anne

    there is no reason for abortion EVERY baby deserves to be born even if they are born and only live a couple hours, they all deserve it. 

  • Snickers Ball

    oh wow very touching story and I agree beautiful photography of a very unique individual…I am sorry for the loss for the Mommy of this wonderful human being . If only words could help.This is a human being at the time of conception they become human beings.

  • bmprochaska

    I miscarried our first child at 12 weeks and was able to hold the little body of my son before burying him in a local cemetery.  My husband took pictures of our child, much like the pictures shown here.  At first, I thought this was strange.  Now, I’m so thankful he did.  We have a framed picture of our baby that I look at often — to get to know my son — exactly like what the article said.  Not only do I get to see him and remember him, but I get to share his little life with my other children (God willing).  

    • Shasta

       I’m so sorry for your loss! I personally know similar loss and know that your loss is so devastating and heartbreaking.

    • Barbara

      I Miscarried at 8 weeks, I saw her, the Lord told Me yrs later the Baby was a Girl, her name is Allison Lynn Cook. and the I got Blessed with two more Kids and I have a Grand Son. I really feel for you all that have lost a Child, God Bless you all,

  • FB123

    The miracle of life :)  how sad that the child died :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.loutitt Desiree Loutitt

    Everybody with a teen-aged son should make him watch this video before he goes out to ‘sow his wild oats’. I’ve councelled girls who had abortions due to pressure from boyfriends, and fear of being alone. Many of them are traumatized for life.

    • Liz

      That’s exactly what happened to me! At 16, I was pressured by my boyfriend to have an abortion and for 9 years my life spiraled out of control with drugs and alcohol and looking for love in all the wrong places! At 25 I was saved and God transformed my life, but it wasn’t until a year ago that I began the healing process (with God’s urging and guidance). I’m now a pro-life speaker and activist!! So yes, I think every teenager…boy or girl should have to see this reality!!

      • Liz

        Oh, I forgot to mention that I am now 51…so it’s been a long and winding road!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1164590275 Rebecca Jones

        Brave, Liz,, God bless you! <3

  • Usaf1a8xx

    Wow, I was reading a different article and the above picture for this article was on the right and very small.  My little two-and-a-half old daughter walked in the room and immediately said, “I want to see the baby” and pointed at the little picture that I even had overlooked.  From the mouths of babes!  

    • mojie

      Love it – in her simplicity, your daughter knew this is a baby, not a blob, not insignificant tissue, but a baby. Made me smile, made me sad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kennyangiemeyer Angelica Kenny Meyer

      that is so wonderful! she knew a baby when she saw a baby. if only we could have faith as a child, we would not only see the baby but believe on Christ. :)

  • Mary

    Amazing pictures!!! I work with a crisis pregnancy center. Can we use your picture? How do I get a copy of the video “Here’s the blood”?
    Mary Hager, Rockville Pregnancy Clinic in Rockville, MD

  • lola

    I am deeply moved. In this case, one life had to be lost in order to save the mother, but now this baby caught in this picture will help to save more lives. God bless you.

  • Jordan

    I never show these pictures to my kids, most of them are horrific, this one was beautiful, so I called my 4 and 7 year old over and asked them what the picture was. Both said, “that’s a baby.” I explained the situation to them. They were sympathetic. If children can clearly see this is a baby, but adults can’t, it is simply because they are closing their eyes to mass genocide.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kennyangiemeyer Angelica Kenny Meyer

      wow. a baby they said. makes me cry a happy cry.

  • http://twitter.com/nayanmipun nayan mipun

    Oct 22, 2012, We better create a machine that can behave as an artificial uterus for such cases.

  • Heide

    Aww so cute

  • izzier

    I understand the point of your post, while I admit the picture you posted is one the most moving unborn baby pictures I have seen, I am compelled to reply to your post. I pose the obvious question of how this unborn child differs from any other abortion. The mother of this child relied on this procedure for her survival. However, I wonder if you consider the removed fetus in this story the same as you do for aborted fetuses? Should the six children this women bared be affected by the mother’s cancer? If the mother some how managed to disagree to the removable of her unborn child and the cancer spread.. would this be justice to all parties involved? I might be missing something but I do not see how the removable of this women’s uterus and unborn child is that different than the abortion of another mother in the same situation deciding to abort her unborn child.

    • momtoPeter

      This is called the premise of secondary effect. Most likely mother AND child would have died if the mother hadn’t had her uterus removed. This was not a willful and purposeful destruction of the child. Rather, it was the removal of the organ to save the mother’s life. In the story I read originally, the mother did not know she was pregnant prior to the surgery. Regardless, even if she DID know that she was pregnant, the child most likely did not have a chance of survival with cancer of the uterus. While it may have been *possible* to save both mother and child, we are not provided with enough information to know this. It is important to try to save both. However, at 10 weeks, it is not possible to deliver the child and save the child. If the child dies as a result of treatment for cancer, seizures, or removal of organs (because of a disease process), this is entirely moral and acceptable. It is never acceptable to suction out a child or tear a child from limb to limb. If one DOES choose to die for the sake of the child, even risking the child’s life, one certainly can, (such as in the case of St. Gianna Berretta Molla), but it is not required. See the statement by Physicians for Life for further clarification.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Ronkster00 Carolyn Ronk

        Thank You, Momtopeter, very well said on when abortion is only recognized.

      • whiningpuker .

        “Most likely” is not good logic. The truth is that many women who abort due to cancer or other health issues, die anyway, and many women who are told they will “most likely” die unless they abort–and don’t abort–live. So honestly, no one knows but God. If you are a proponent of abortion for health reasons, then that’s what you are. But be intellectually honest about that–don’t say it’s not abortion. Intentionally taking an action that you know will result in the death of a child is intentionally killing a child. Whether you are tearing him apart or removing him in tact in his mother’s womb. Either way, you have ended his life intentionally. You may have done so to treat an illness, but you knew you were willing to kill your child to achieve a particular outcome. That is abortion. The pictures above are of an aborted child. Feelings about the particular circumstances are unrelated.

        • wellswmn97

          The point also being here that the mother did not know that she was pregnant before the procedure. What would her choice had been had she known? No one knows now as the deed is done.

    • whiningpuker .

      I totally agree. This child was aborted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ronkster00 Carolyn Ronk

    Every day i think of the little ones that don’t make it. This madness has to stop

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.a.williams.585 Lori Anne Williams

    Incredibly beautiful and heart breaking at the same time!

  • cathouse-mama

    all I can say is…………………………..***listening to the sound of my beating heart***

  • Lulichio

    can’t stop crying watching the video.. all life r equal.

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  • Christine

    Wow, I’m 8 weeks pregnant now, and I was told that my embryo (that’s what they called it, my friends and doctors promoting abortion to me) was so little it wasn’t even visible. Not even human looking. If I’m two weeks away from THIS, I somehow severely doubt that. Mye babies heart is already beating, organs beginning to form. Even hands and legs. How can anyone say that is not human?