Look Into the Mirror: You and the Preborn Are Not That Different

Pregnancy, Development, Fingernails, 9 Weeks, Protection, Abortion

What does each person need to survive in life? Food? Water? Shelter?

All of these answers are very much correct. However, there is something missing in this list.

As much as some of us may hate to admit it, there was at least one point in each of our lives when we were extremely vulnerable. From the moment of conception to many years after, developing children remain highly dependent on others to help them meet their needs.

The outside observer may simply see the sharing of food or the offering of advice, but the underlying cause for this remains hidden to the eyes. The real reason why children are so freely provided with what they need is usually because their lives are valued and loved.

As early as 9 weeks from conception, a fetus’ fingernails are forming [1]. The purpose of these fingernails is to protect the nerve endings of the finger. They do not provide a great deal of protection, but they are at least something.

They will still be in need of others, but isn’t that true of us all?

The 9th week preborn is not so different from the person you see in the mirror. As the old adage goes, no man is an island. None of us would have ever been able to make it were it not for the love and support of others.

What the pro-life movement is asking for is not some type of nefarious intervention into the lives of women. Rather, what we are asking is that all children be given a chance.

The lives of preborn boys and girls are valuable – not because of what they do, but because of who they are. The very least that can be done for them is to protect their most basic right to live.

We would not want anything less for ourselves.


[1] Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center. (2011). “From Conception to Birth.” Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center, 2011. Web. 12 Jun 2011. http://www.pregnancyadviceaid.org/page/page/2632833.htm

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