When Does Life Begin?

WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN? (By Rita and Edgar Riel)
Some say life begins when the baby takes his or her first breath outside the womb. Most say life begins at conception. Others say life begins midway between conception and the baby taking his or her first breath on its own. With these three different opinions of when life begins, we find that, neither is the Supreme Court of the land able to reach a decision as to when life begins with their natural minds. We say “natural mind” because life’s most important question, “when does life begin?” can only be answered spiritually. What the Supreme Court has decided is the following.

“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins…the judiciary at this point, in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

Then, the highest court made a key admission:
“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case (or Roe’s case) collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”

What the court’s decision is saying, in effect, is that “if personhood is established, then “Roe’s case collapses, and the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th amendment.” Because of the Supreme Court’s openness for any one to bring evidence to when life begins when personhood is established, we take this opportunity to defend personhood by presenting the spiritual understanding of when life begins.

The Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most brilliant, educated and reasonable minds in our country, nevertheless, by their own admission in saying, “the judiciary at this point, in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer,” Therefore, the judiciary could not determine when life begins and seems to leave this decision up to technology and science. However, Scripture warns us how science is “falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20); (Col. 2:8), and that is because, science reasons with the natural mind and history has proven that science hardly, if ever, except for true science, acknowledges the spiritual. This may very well be the reason why it is said to be “falsely so called” and may lead many away from the truth in discerning the spiritual meaning to when life begins.

Consequently, if these most learned men, we appoint in our nation, cannot establish when life begins within “the development of man’s knowledge” (natural mind), we must then seek the answer in the Word of God: for therein, it will be found spiritually. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14) (1 Cor. 15:46).

In relation to this, the Supreme Court and very few people understand that the natural understanding and the things that are seen were given to reveal symbolically the spiritual understanding of the things that are unseen, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20). The Godhead spoken of in this verse speaks of “the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” and is showing that we are without excuse if we do not relate to that life being formed in the womb to the life of the “image of the invisible God” in heaven: for God created man ‘in His own image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1: 27) (Col. 1:15a);. In other words, the personhood that is being made, created and formed invisibly by God in the womb and made in the image of God, is symbolic of the Godhead that is already invisible and established in heaven (Isa. 43:7).

We pray that the following will give further understanding to the Scriptural truths written above.

WHEN LIFE BEGINS:
In this study of when life begins, we will provide two or more verses of Scripture in context as witnesses; “for every Word to be established” (2 Cor. 13:1b); (Deu. 19:15b). We will be using the Word of God, the King James Version, which has been the standard Bible (law) for the past 400 years by which we can judge all things. (Mat 5:18) With this standard for truth, we will proceed to find the answer to the Supreme Court’s decision, which said, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case (or Roe’s case) collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”

Since the answer has been hidden to the natural mind until now, let us seek the spiritual meaning of when life begins. We find that most everyone believes life begins at conception or thereafter even after the baby is born when it takes his or her first breath. This is an answer that can only be found and understood spiritually and not with the natural mind according to (1 Cor. 2:14). What a great victory that would be for the preservation of the potential multiplied millions of lives yet to be born if ‘we the people’ and the Supreme Court would consider and understand the spiritual meaning and evidence presented of when life begins and when personhood is established!

To arrive to the spiritual reality of when life begins, we must first compare the order of the Godhead “in heaven:” – the Father, the WORD and the Holy Spirit – with the order of the God- head being formed and created in the image of God “in earth” as it is “in heaven”. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”(Matt.6:10).

THE ORDER OF THE GODHEAD, WHICH IS “IN HEAVEN”:
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). The order of God “in heaven” is always listed as in the preceding verse throughout Scripture. (Matt. 28:19). The second Person, “the Word”, signifies Jesus. (Rev. 19: 13); (John 1: 14) all three persons of the triune God eternally existed as God, according to His eternal power and Godhead, as said in (Rom. 1:20).

THE ORDER OF THE GODHEAD, WHICH IS “IN EARTH”:
“And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:8). The reason the Holy Spirit is mentioned first here, in the only place in Scripture, is because the “three in earth” are looking up to heaven to “bear witness” of the “three that bear record” in heaven” (1 John 5:7). Specifically, these three, – “the Spirit, and the water and the blood” – that agree and bear witness “in earth”, are bearing witness of the order of God that is being formed in the woman, “in earth” as it is in the order of the Godhead that bears record “in heaven” (Matt. 6: 10).

Another reason the Holy Spirit is mentioned first, “in earth” in (1 John 5: 8), is because He is bearing witness of the water and the blood, both of which are symbolic of Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit’s 7 functions or offices “in earth” is to bear witness, “to testify of” and to “glorify” Jesus. (John 15:26b); (John 16:14); (John 14:26b). It is only through the Spirit that man can come to understand the spiritual meaning of “the blood and the water”. Therefore, both (1 John 5:7) and (1 John 5:8) speak of the order of God in the Godhead, so that we can compare life “in heaven” with life being formed and created in the image of God in the woman here “in earth”.

The Father is not mentioned in (1 John 5:8). The reason the Father is not mentioned is because in Jesus, “… dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2 :9); (1;19). The word “bodily’ is said because Jesus was made and was created bodily in ‘a woman’. “…made of a woman, made under the law” to redeem them that were under the law” (Gal. 4:4b, 5a). Jesus, who was invisible “in heaven” was made visible as a “faithful and true witness” to us here “in earth”. (Rev. 3:14); (Jer. 42:5). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1: 14); “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1Tim. 3:16a),”in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18). Born of the Spirit (Luke 1:35) of a virgin with- out Adam’s sinful bloodline, Jesus lived a perfect life in obedience to His Father, which qualified Him to redeem us from what Adam, nor we, Adam’s descendants, could do by our works.

Therefore, these three: “the Spirit, and the water and the blood”, “bear witness” and “agree” “in earth” (1 John 5:8), of that which is already written and recorded “in heaven” (1 John 5:7). We say, “written” because Jesus always appealed to the totally preserved and “every word” (Luke 4: 4) written Word of God” to correct error by saying “it is written” (Matt. 4:4). God’s Word is “for ever settled in heaven” (Ps. 119: 89, 160); “and the scripture cannot be broken;” (John 10:35).

We are saved and sanctified by faith in the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26) and the blood,  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17: 11). We can see from this verse eleven that the blood is both applicable to the human life and the spiritual life to be born again by the Holy Spirit “in earth”.

LIFE OF THE FLESH THAT IS IN THE BLOOD PRECEDES THE BREATH OF LIFE
The Life of the flesh that is in the blood always speaks and testifies of Jesus as we read above in (Lev. 17:11) and always precedes the breath of life that is representative of the Holy Spirit in the order of the Godhead “in heaven”. When Jesus “breathed on” His disciples “and said”, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”, (John 20:22); we understand by “breathed” that it is the Holy Spirit that is represented as the ‘breath of life’.(Gen 2:7). With the Holy Spirit bearing witness “in earth” of the order of the Godhead in heaven, let us now proceed to understand how the three that “bear record in heaven” parallel and reveal “when life begins” and “personhood” is established here “in earth”.

If Jesus, might have the preeminence in all things, (Col. 1:18); (Eph. 1:21); (John 3:35); and always precedes the Holy Spirit, in the order of God in heaven, which we find throughout the Bible, then, the life of the flesh that is in the blood, that represents Jesus (Lev.17:11) must precede the “breath of life that represents the Holy Spirit, (John 20:22; John 3:8); (Acts 2:2); (Eze.37:5,9).

More specifically, we find that life begins in earth at the time the marriage union of a man and a woman is consummated. The marriage union is consummated at a time when the most intimate act of the sexes is fulfilled when the man and the woman become “one flesh” (Mat.19:5); (I Cor. 6:16). Life begins with Jesus first supplying the life of the flesh that is in the blood of man “in earth” – in the woman, – at consummation before the Holy Spirit supplies the breath of life through the mother’s umbilical cord at conception. (John 20:22); (Acts 17:25)

This life, that is in the blood, in the seed of man, begins the process of the beginning of life at consummation, but at conception, God begins to form that precious innocent life within the womb when the breath of life is supplied by the mother. Not only in the natural time frame does life begin before conception but also according to His eternal power that is outside of natural time where God exists having created time and space. This is evident when God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jer. 1:5). (Eph. 1:4); (Heb. 4:3) This is where the Lord holds us accountable and, “without excuse”, if we fail to see when life begins physically and eternally according to His “eternal power and Godhead” (Rom.1:20).

A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT: If any find themselves in that situation of having committed abortion and may feel condemned and without hope for having believed that this life within is called a fetus, not understanding how and when life begins according (Romans 1:20), please know that there is forgiveness in God: If we, first of all “repent, turn, confess to God. “…he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9).

In God’s omnipotent power to create life in His image, He chose to place the life of the flesh that is in the blood in the seed of man. From the multitude of seeds, only one of the minuscule seeds is all that is needed to create a person. That tiny seed contains the life of the flesh that is in the blood, representing Jesus, by whom life begins. Jesus came to earth to bring us life (John 10:10b). Let us keep in mind always that this microscopic seed, carrying life, swims upstream to its destination and must not be despised in the day of its small beginnings. (Zech. 4:10); (Job 8:7)

Before we close, we humbly present before the Supreme Court to consider the spiritual evidence above of when “personhood is established”, which the judiciary said, “in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.” Since the answer can not be given with man’s knowledge, we have appealed to the spiritual understanding according to the Word of God. Our plea is for the multitude of innocent lives that may possibly be aborted in the future.

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Women’s Reproductive Health Resources Alamance County NC

Women’s Reproductive Health Resources Alamance County

A Hearts Cry- Sherry Morris
306 S. Main Street
Graham, NC 27253
http://www.aheartscrync.org
336-222-1505
lbmsherry@bellsouth.net

Offers Peer counseling to women who are in crisis pregnancy.
Offers physical resources such as baby items i.e. clothing, diapers etc…
Offers practical “mothering” classes i.e. cooking classes etc…

Alamance Pregnancy Services- Tammy and Tony Honeycutt
1519 N. Mebane St.
Burlington, NC 27216
http://www.piedmontrescuemission.org
336-222-9195

Offers Pregnancy option information
Counseling
Parenting Classes
Infant Care Classes
Maternity and Baby needs i.e. clothing, diapers, wipes, etc. etc.

Alamance Cares
http://www.alamancecares.com
3025 S. Church St.
Burlington, NC 27215
336-538-8111

Walk in free Testing for HIV – Every Tuesday 10am-2pm
Offers Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing by appointment

Open Door Clinic of Alamance County
319 N. Graham Hopedale Rd.
Burlington, NC27217
336-570-9800

Offering free health services NOT including Obstetrics

For anyone at Elon interested in starting a Students for Life Group

*Contact
Ryan Eyrich-reyrich@studentsforlife.org
Southeastern Coordinator
http://www.studentsforlife.org

Abortion Testimony Speaker/ Blog
Leslie H. Gydos
http://www.ncprolife.net

Ask Forgiveness for a Medical Procedure? Yes!!!

Do I need to be forgiven for having a gall stone removed? No, that’s not what I mean….

In the past 44 years since abortion became legal nationally due to the Roe V. Wade decision, over 50 Million unborn babies have had their lives snuffed out.
As much as we who are ProLife think about those precious innocent babies. Do we stop to really think about those women who lost those babies due to abortion?
In abortion there are two victims. One is left living (usually) and the other is left dead. But the mother, who must go on living with the knowledge that she chose to terminate the life of her own child is often tortured. And many don’t realize they have committed a sin,due to many factors,including teaching about “evolution”. Our culture has called abortion a “Medical Procedure”. The truth is that abortion is a Killing. The killing is not just of the unborn child within the womb. Other deaths take place. Often the death of the spirit of that woman takes place. She is so wounded by the abortion experience that her life is altered forever.
Women need healing and hope after an abortion. But due to the pain, shame, and guilt, most women may keep their abortion(s) a secret. They hold in the pain. The pain does come out in many ways, however. These women often lose their relationship with the father of the baby that was aborted. They then may go on to have serial relationships which are unhealthy or even abusive, since often low self-esteem results from an abortion. Other women may turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. And others yet may harden their hearts and conscience and try going on like nothing happened.

The women have been lied to and duped by this culture of death. They are suffering and many don’t know where to turn for relief.
As a woman who has gone the through the torture of abortion personally, I can tell you there is only one place or really one person to turn to that is JESUS. He is the only one capable of taking away from you the sin of abortion. You see, when a woman makes the choice to kill, she has the blood of her unborn baby on her hands. That is innocent blood. So you see that is why you feel so badly. It’s why you need to drink, or do drugs, or have relationships, or sex to try to brush away that guilty stain on your heart and mind.

You cannot remove the pain, the stain; you cannot do it. Jesus can! He died a horrible death on a Roman Cross to take upon Himself the responsibility for what you have done. Can you believe it? Many cannot. It sounds too simple, right? Or maybe it sounds too good to be true? Or maybe it sounds like a Religion? Rationalizations can be innumerable. But Jesus is none of those things. He is a person. He is the Savior (of you,) if you will only call out with a mustard seed (tiny bit) of belief in Him, then He will show himself to you, personally. You can ask him for forgiveness. You need to ask. It is called Repentence. We cannot and will not be forgive unless we ask for it. That is the Free Will that God put in each of us. He forgave me. He will do it for you-when you choose to ASK Him.
The only way Jesus will not come and cleanse and forgive you is if you are unwilling. Some are too proud. Some are too smart or educated. Some believe there are many paths to God or heaven. Some think they are “good” people. Some just deny the pain away and believe they did nothing wrong, it was a blob of tissue and just a medical procedure. You know in your heart of hearts it was so much more.

I am so grateful that Jesus loved me so much that he drew me to himself with his great Love. He does that. He draws people through his Goodness and Mercy.
In our culture if someone commits a homicide. Lets say goes up to someone and shoots another person with a gun. That person is guilty of murder, and is punished. Yet our culture legalized, condones and even promotes murdering the most helpless people of all. And the only punishment for the doctors and women is perhaps a guilty conscience, if that.

I hope you will think about what I have said. Let it really sink in to your heart and mind. Maybe you are a person of another religion. Maybe you don’t believe in God’s existence. Or maybe you believe in many paths of righteousness that can lead to “God” as you see Him or Her or It.
Whatever the case may be in your personal life. All you need to do is sit on your bed and sincerely (verbally or silently) say “Jesus, if you are real, as others believe. Then please show yourself to me. ” He will begin in perhaps subtle ways to draw you. You will see His faithfulness. Open your heart and you will see.
It may sound silly, but again, it’s the mustard seed of faith. And He hears you when you call. He loves you. He created you. He knew you before your were born and even before this earth was created.

He wants to make your life whole again. He wants you to know His Great Love and Forgiveness. We all need forgiveness because none of us has lived a perfect life. And we cannot be good enough to earn it. It is through His sacrifice that we can make it here in this life and most importantly to Eternity with Him in Heaven. And you definitely want to end up in Heaven because that is where your baby is, with Jesus. The innocent are gathered around the Father’s throne in heaven. If you choose Christ you will be reunited with your aborted (unborn) child.

May His Holy Spirit touch you now, that you Believe this: The Good News.
In Jesus Name.

PS- Click the tab “TESTIMONY” on my Home page to read my personal Testimony.

Good Illustration of Sin brings forth Death

Cowardice,Facebook,Doublespeak

I am a pro-life advocate. It is a deeply rooted part of who I am. I have a testimony about abortion. I know God is on my side in regard to speaking out against the injustice and atrocity of abortion.

The past week or so has been a bit disheartening on the front for Life. As you may know the Susan G. Komen Foundation made a decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and a couple of days later reneged and caved to the liberal bias and decide to return funding to Planned Parenthood.

During this tussle between Komen and Planned Parenthood, the media gave much coverage. But the main and most influential coverage came from social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc. etc….  I, along with many others posted statuses on FB saying things like “Way to go Komen” and more recently “Boo Komen…”  But one thing I noticed is that FB users in particular tend not to directly state a blunt opinion on matters such as abortion. I think they are trying to be politically correct and do not want to “offend” anyone. Many FB users use little illustrations or photos to indirectly get their point across. It is not so indirect however.

I got into a direct conversation with one of my FB “friends” about the topic of abortion after seeing the following photo on her status.

Upon seeing the above image I replied: “Sarcasm, the lowest form of humor. Maybe some babies will be saved from less monies going to murder them! I thought you were pro life. Abortions hurt babies and women and are linked to more breast cancer, so if one is against breast cancer then one should applaud Komen’s decision to de-fund PP, which I do.”

To my statement my FB friend replied : ” I  am truly sorry if I’ve offended you. Truly. I am thankful though, that we live in a country in which we can openly disagree on such matters. But again, truly sorry if I offended you. Then after this she went on to post a quote in her status from a lesser know sociologist in regard to, and I am paraphrasing ” Stupid people tend to be politically conservative…” To which I responded  that I was surprised at her quoting a 19th century British philosopher who espoused Population Control…” To which She replied “I just thought the quote was interesting.’ As if to say that it meant nothing to her personally. Okay I guess my profile pic makes me look stupid, oh and conservative, of course….

Next in the course of our FB discourse she (my FB friend) quoted Ani DiFranco- (well known feminist icon)

“Buildings and bridges
are made to bend in the wind
to withstand the world,
that’s what it takes
All that steel and stone
is no match for the air, my friend
what doesn’t bend breaks
what doesn’t bend breaks

I assumed correctly that this was a veiled explanation of why she apparently is now Pro Choice.  And in the midst of quoting Ani DiFranco and apologizing for possibly offending me, her FB friends were making comments about how they liked her status and basically making effort to come to her defense. The funny thing is that these others did not even know what we were really talking about which was ABORTION.

So with another “apology” from her “if she offended me”….etc. and with an admission that she herself had indeed had an abortion because “I just could not see myself raising a child with this person…”

I responded with the following: “Hi Friend, I was not offended by you. I honestly just believe that God is the offended one when we (me and you) snuff out innocent life that he has sent to us. I did it too and the experience opened my eyes to the reality of what abortion is-murder. I have, by the Grace of God, repented and been set free from the blood- guiltiness. But I suffered for years, really over a decade. First from not being able to forgive myself, even though I knew God had forgiven me. And I suffered severe physical pains, with menstrual irregularities, etc etc for about a decade. I also suffered mentally and emotionally. I thought I was infertile since we tried to get pregnant for over 10 years and could not. So really, the reason I am so passionate about abortion is because of what it did to me. But God, being so good, has worked it all for his Glory and my good. The abortion actually brought me to my knees, to a place where I cried out to Jesus, if he was real, then I needed him to save me from my horrible sin or I would have likely ended my own life. And he saved me! That is why I am so fervent . It is my personal, real- life testimony of what Jesus did for me. He loves the unborn and I know it breaks his heart to see their innocent lives extinguished. And sadly the blood is on the hands of the United States government for allowing legalized murder of the unborn. I hope you have been able to repent and receive forgiveness from God for your choice. There is Mercy with the Lord. I only wish that years ago when you and I attended CC Church that OUR PASTOR had allowed me to go up and give this testimony. He set a date for me to do so and reneged last-minute. Maybe if you had heard me speak then, about this topic your choice would have been different? But I believe in Romans 8:28. I just don’t want any other woman to have to go what I went through and I will go to any length God allows to help that not to happen. May the Love of Jesus be with you always. You will know your child in heaven, God showed me that.

Later her status read: “A break from Facebook for a while…a good thing to do every now and again.’

Next I see a status message from afore-mentioned former Pastor which reads: “I am deleting my Facebook page. I have started a new one. With all the changes in my life it seemed like a needed fresh start. If you want to be friends with the “new me” please like this status, search for me by name, and friend me at the other page. This page will be deleted VERY soon.”   INTERESTING>>>>>????

Ah, so time tells a lot. And I have come to realize Facebook tells us some things too. I see now that we must decipher the social media’s little back door methodologies for sending messages i.e. “communicating”. This is difficult for me since I am BOLD and do not mince words about issues concerning the lives of the precious unborn. Yet, I continue to try to use tools which  God has given us in this post modern technological era.

The convoluted nature of the social media interfaces is a maze to navigate in order to communicate. You see my status. You like. I see your status. I post a You Tube. You see my You Tube, you post an e-card…and on and on it goes. Brave New World or Doublespeak?

To end my part of our FB discourse I posted the following image to summarize my feelings on the topic of origin:

Here is God’s Status:  DEUTERONOMY 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

The Unborn – A Timeline

Fetal Development
From conception to birth

Day 1:  fertilization: all human chromosomes are present; unique human life begins.

Day 6:  embryo begins implantation in the uterus.

Day 22:  heart begins to beat with the child’s own blood, often a different type than the mothers’.

Week 3:  By the end of third week the child’s backbone spinal column and nervous system are forming.  The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.

Week 4:  By the end of week four the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg. 

Week 5:  Eyes, legs, and hands begin to develop.

Week 6:  Brain waves are detectable; mouth and lips are present; fingernails are forming.

 

Week 7:  Eyelids, and toes form, nose distinct.  The baby is kicking and swimming.

Week 8:  Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form.  By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.      

 

Weeks 9 and 10:  Teeth begin to form, fingernails develop.  The baby can turn his head, and frown.  The baby can hiccup. 

Weeks 10 and 11:  The baby can “breathe” amniotic fluid and urinate.  Week 11 the baby can grasp objects placed in its hand; all organ systems are functioning.  The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.

 Week 12:  The baby has all of the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus.  Vocal cords are complete.  The baby can suck its thumb. 

 Week 14:  At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of
blood through the body every day.

Week 15:  The baby has an adult’s taste buds.

Month 4:  Bone Marrow is now beginning to form.  The heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood a day.  By the end of month 4 the baby will be 8-10 inches in length and will be one half of its birth weight.

Week 17:  The baby can have dream (REM) sleep. 

Week 19:  Babies can routinely be saved at 21 to 22 weeks after fertilization, and sometimes they can be saved even younger.

 

Week 20:  The earliest stage at which Partial birth abortions are performed.  At 20 weeks the baby recognizes its’ mothers voice.

 

 Months 5 and 6:  The baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its developing lungs. The baby will grasp at the umbilical cord when it feels it.  Most mothers feel an increase in movement, kicking, and hiccups from the baby.  Oil and sweat glands are now functioning.  The baby is now twelve inches long or more, and weighs up to one and a half pounds. 

Months 7 through 9:  Eyeteeth are present.  The baby opens and closes his eyes.  The baby is using four of the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, and touch.)  He knows the difference between waking and sleeping, and can relate to the moods of the mother.  The baby’s skin begins to thicken, and a layer of fat is produced and stored beneath the skin.  Antibodies are built up, and the baby’s heart begins to pump 300 gallons of blood per day.  Approximately one week before the birth the baby stops growing, and “drops” usually head down into the pelvic cavity. 

Sources Used:

Bergel, Gary (Produced by NRLC) “When You Were Formed in Secret.” 1998.

 Flanagan,  Geraldine Lux.  Beginning Life.  The Marvelous Journey from Conception to Birth.  New York: DK Publishing Inc., 1996.

Hopson, Janet L.  Fetal Psychology.  Oct. 1998.  07 Jan 2003.
http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/tul/psychtoday9809.html.

Internet Sources:

“Fetal Development.”  07 Jan 2003.
http://www.w-cpc.org/fetal1.html.

“When Does Life Begin?  Abortion and Human Rights.”  National Right To Life.

Alamance County Right To Life Annual Vigil to be held Jan. 22

To all of those who love Life and live in the Alamance County/ Burlington/ Graham and surrounding areas:

Please come out and show your support for Life at this Vigil which commemorated the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, making abortion legal nationwide.

We will convene at the Graham Court House on Sunday January 22 from 5:30 until 6pm.

God Bless you and may God bless the unborn!