The Facts of Human Life
The infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand was made in 1973. Today, "Creation Moments" will look at what science knows about the miracle God performs as He forms a new human being within a mother's womb.
Even though the fertilized egg is only one cell, it is a unique cell. The fertilized human egg is unlike any other fertilized egg because it is genetically human. Its 46 chromosomes and 30,000 genes have all that is needed to make an adult human being. Within 18 days, long before most mothers are even aware that they may be carrying a child, the heart starts the first of the 3 billion beats it will make in a lifetime. Only 22 days later, brain waves can be recorded, and the unborn child is already moving. By eight weeks these movements will include swimming motions and grasping with fingers that already have unique fingerprints.
At four months the unborn baby is growing at a rate which, if continued, would leave him weighing 14 tons at birth. Studies show that by the 28th to 32nd week, the unborn child is actually able to remember things.
Science knows that even though the child is unborn, it is uniquely human from the day of conception. The womb is the Creator's workshop in which He forms another human being He loves. We pray that the unborn may soon be universally seen as just one more stage of human existence, no less human than infants, adults or the elderly.