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Note, below, the Sept. 2015 report on USA tiny-baby (very premature...14 to 52.8 ounces!!!) survival rate of 34,636 births, 1993-2012.
In its broadest scientific sense,
"abortion" is a word encompassing any lethal termination of pregnancy, whether (1)
spontaneous and natural or (2) induced by deliberate intent. It includes anything that causes the "death" of a fertized egg ("conceptus"), whether by toxic effect on the fertilized egg or an alteration of the uterine lining endometrium so that the conceptus cannot implant & survive. In the June 2014 Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, the Court only found 4 of 20 birth control methods unacceptable. [see procreation glossary] [procreation
Because the truth about it cannot be known, what has always apparently never been considered is whether it makes any difference if the biologically developing human yet has a soul or not (ensoulment).
Upon fusion of the sperm DNA
of the male's chromosomes with the egg DNA of the female's chromosomes (conception), a new
life of 46 complete chromosomes begins its cellular multiplication and defines (in my
personal medical opinion) the beginning of a new BIOLOGICAL life (a different, new being...a new biological individual...it is scientifically referred to as a
"conceptus"). This is now irrefutable...as all molecular biologists know! But when does the becoming of a PERSON or complete individual begin (with entry of a soul)?
[see Noah Markham hurricane Katrina frozen embryo survival miracle]
For those whose religion springs from (or is
related to) the Bible, that inspired book speaking 2000 years ago, the word goes even further:
as God said to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5...and if it is true for Jeremiah then the prophet
proclaimed it in a way that would seem must be true for all other humans) "Before I formed
you in the womb I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart;...". When the conceptus
implants into the endometrial lining on the inside of the uterus (uterus = womb) about 5 days
after fertilization, the mother's state of pregnancy begins.
All other timing debates as to when life begins
continue to mostly be emotionally fought out in verbal & written expression (rather
than debated as free and educated people) because of agenda undercurrents of
legal/legalistic/secular/religious implication. The disrespect of other points of view is
amazing! The vitriolic, profanity-filled, prejudicial and even almost violence-fomenting
exchanges from pro-abortionists is hard to understand.
By social custom or convention, we use the
term "miscarriage" for spontaneous, natural (biological) terminations of pregnancy. At this time (2015), there is no way to discern whether a miscarriage is biological or due to lethal toxic effect by something the mother took in. So, we are left to consider the non-deliberate instances as biological miscarriages. The
conventional medical scientific term for any unintended natural or intended termination of
pregnancy through the uterus is "abortion".
Blood first forms in the
embryo within 3-4 weeks after conception. Intentional abortion is a shedding of innocent
blood, and God, "...hates hands [the act] that shed innocent blood..." (Proverbs 6:17). Any
human-caused death by any means (including the above shedding of blood) is a "killing".
chart] Whether spontaneously & naturally happening or as
intentional human-caused abortions, the souls of these embryos & fetuses MAY be (are
speculated by some) be the source of Biblical cherubs. If you had an abortion, it may now be a
cherub in Heaven!!
Medical and demographic studies indicate the
Check this graphic in order
to see what happened in 1998 in the USA for each 10,000 conceptuses (the biological "product
of conception")...each group of 10,000 new, biologically very-early humans. In my >30
years as a practicing pathologist whose job is to look at the spontaneous abortion tissue
with the naked eye & under the microscope, I can say that there is almost never any 1st
trimester case naturally miscarried that is not one which "withered" or "blighted" (died)
prior to miscarriage...over 99% show no evidence of being a living embryo at the point/time
of miscarriage. We usually see only placental tissue.
Lifestyle factors (alcohol,
smoking, drugs, poor nutrition) have a significant impact of unknown dimension in the early
waste of the 7,500 conceptions noted in the first part of the above-linked graphic. Some 92%
of legally induced/intended abortions are said to occur in the first trimester; the total
abortion rate is said to be about 34 per 100 live births (there were 4,158,212 total live
births in the United States in 1990). Within the 42 years since legalization in 1973, there
have been >50,000,000 deliberate legal abortions (sheddings of innocent blood...see God's
this]) in the U.S.A.
SLAVERY: in 1860, our nation went to war over a way of life which had been considered legal for centuries. Deliberate, intention, life-ending abortions are an example of society-sanctioned murder (homicide) in which the vital statistics laws are set aside so that such deaths are not given a non-natural manner of death (death certification notes, HERE). Moreso, as far as I know, death certificates are...by law or policy...not even issued on very late term abortions! What if, down the road a hundred or more years hence, our nation decides that abortions are murder?
In a joint report May 2003
by the Rand Corporation and The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, it was
indicated that there are 400,000 frozen embryos (new human beings in suspended animation) in the 430
fertility centers in the USA...2.2% were scheduled to be destroyed (2.8% set aside for
"research"). Check out some issues at "Think about it on-line".
Tiny very premature babies who survived, EXAMPLES: (1) My mother-in-law was born at 2 pounds in 1916, (see second paragraph, HERE). (2) When I was a medical student in Charleston, S. C.
in the late 1960s, there was a clinic janitor who went by the nickname of "Flush". It was
said that his mother went to the bathroom and miscarried but did not realize it and flushed
the toilet. (3) My close friend, Rita R., had a grand-daughter, Makayla, born in 2003 weighing just over a pound who
is doing well in 2014. (4) In February of 2007, the news came that one of the world's smallest
babies...the only one known to survive less than 23 weeks gestation...was going home. Amillia
Sonja Taylor of Homestead, Florida was born 10/24/06 at Baptist Childrens' Hospital in Miami
after only 21 weeks & 6 days gestation and weighing just over 9 ounces. By e-mail response to me from
Taylor family attorney Amy Bales on 2/14/08, Amillia is doing great at age 9! (5) The third smallest baby ever to be born by 2011 and survive is thriving, doctors say, after she entered the world [by C-section due to eclampsia] almost four months before she was due.
Melinda Star Guido weighed roughly the same as two iPhones when was born 16 weeks premature at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Centre on August 30, 2011. She was actually due 16 Dec. 2011.
But after round the clock care at the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Melinda is now tipping the scales at 4.12lb and her parents hope to have her home by New Year's Day .
(6) In Oct. 2013, Jayden Segura was born 4 months before her due date at Trident Hospital, Charleston, S. C., weighing only 14 ounces and needed emergency heart surgery. Her twin was born 5 weeks later and weighed 2.5 pounds. By 6 months later
, both girls are doing well!
2015 REPORT: The 8 September 2015 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA vol 314, number 10) formally accumulated data from 26 network USA medical centers for the period 1993-2012. The catalogued births varied from 401 grams (14 ounces) to 1500 grams (3 pounds & 4.8 ounces), the pregnancies varying from 22 to 28 weeks. After about the year 2000, nearly a third of 23-week births survived (even better 24-28 weeks). I'd quickly note that, while this study shows the amazing amount of biological survival, there is still no way to know when ensoulment happens. Could we assume that it happens at the time of live birth in a survivor birth?
Heaven: Do aborted babies have souls (ensoulment)? Do aborted babies go to heaven (cherubs)?
By The Way: Emergency USA pregnancy terminations to save mother's physical life (10,00/yr) ALREADY are about the same annual rate as homicides by gun (11,203/yr)!!! Any increase would be greater than homicides by gun! [see Congressional Budget Office termination analysis Jan 2015 & CDC homicide analysis 2013]
Now consider what a late
term abortion is: though determined in our society to be legal, is it not actually death at
the hands of another human...a Biblical & societal "killing"? Did you know that Margaret Sanger...the founder of Planned Parenthood...desired to use abortion to eliminate the Negro population over time? A very interesting story is
that of singer Gianna Jessen (testimony), a
late-term, saline-induced abortion survivor (see on line, YouTube, or other
sources). And this world famous fashion model had this testimony, HERE. Finally, the BreakPoint website has a discussion of what else dies in an abortion, HERE.
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