This breaks my heart. Please reblog.
This^ is what you look like at 12 weeks in the womb. This photo will not “save a life” - it only shames women who have had an abortion. And that’s not cool, bro.
(Originally posted this on Tumblr in January. The time has come where it needs to be posted again)
So, I’m seeing something similar to an anti-choice (or as some would put it pro-life) poem that I have seen before on Quizilla. This type of poem is told from the prospective of an embryo/fetus that’s mother ends up having an abortion. The poem states that the embryo/fetus is completely aware of its surroundings since the moment the pregnancy begins. This statement, just by itself ( I haven’t gotten to the rest of the poem yet) is completely medically inaccurate. I’ll leave sources at the bottom of the page for reference. As the poem continues the embryo/fetus states that it can hear, feel pain, and even love all in the first and second trimesters. Once again, this is not medically accurate. The poem ends with the fetus being aborted in a “very common” late term abortion and calling down from heaven stating “Mommy, why didn’t you love me.” Then, in the third person, someone states that if you “have a heart” that you will be against the legality of an abortion and spread this poem far and wide.
Aside from the fact that I personally am not of Christian faith and don’t like how the Christian afterlife, as well as many other Christian faith based themes, are used to spread a cause, that’s not the main reason I’m upset when reading this poem. I know everyone has a different opinion when it comes to this topic, and my views will not be shared with everyone, but I believe that when you spread a cause you need to follow one thing. You can’t lie to pull someone’s heartstrings so they will join your side of the argument. You have to use honest, proven, and in this case medically accurate facts to prove your point.
You don’t lie to get supporters.
So, like back in 09 when I got sick of all the inaccurate heart string pulling that was trying to spread a cause that could have some serious negative effects on woman’s (or any one with a functioning female reproductive system) health care in the US (or Canada, or the UK, or Narnia) I’m posting one of the “Dear Mommy” poems. Only, mine will have fact in it, and not only rely on emotional pull to gain support for my views.
So, without wasting anymore time on an introduction (I know, it dragged on quite a bit) enjoy my “Dear Mommy” 2.0. Bibliography at the bottom of the page.
Mommy, I am only 8 inches long, but I have all my organs. I love the sound of your voice. Every time I hear it, I wave my arms and legs. The sound of your heart beat is my favorite lullaby.
Actually, at 7 weeks, you’re only .25cm long (1/10th of an inch). Your heart is the size of a poppyseed, and you have no ears, arms, or legs, so you cannot hear or wave. At least half of the embryos that reach this stage are miscarried, often so early that the miscarriage is not even recognized, and Mommy probably didn’t know she was pregnant! This is often due to a natural problem with the genetic combinations made by the egg and sperm, hormonal imbalances, or failure for the egg to implant in the uterine lining (just like emergency contraception!)
And according to Chat, At month 1, not ALL the organs have developed. Most are just a cluster of cells with the genetic label, “THIS IS A SPLEEN” or “THIS IS A KIDNEY” or something. So no actual organs, just “Cell Buds.”
Mommy, today I learned how to suck my thumb. If you could see me, you could definitely tell that I am a baby. I’m not big enough to survive outside my home though. It is so nice and warm in here.
At the end of this month, you are still only 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) long. Your heart only has 2 chambers, and there is no thumb to suck — you have webbed fingers!
You know what Mommy, I’m a girl!! I hope that makes you happy. I always want you to be happy. I don’t like it when you cry. You sound so sad. It makes me sad too, and I cry with you even though you can’t hear me.
Congratulations! Only at the end of this month can you be considered a fetus! Why? Because many embryos have not even made it to this point, not because of abortion, but because of the spontaneous and natural expulsion of the tissue from the uterus. You are 7.5cm long (3 inches) and only now are your limbs and organs formed. You’re jumping the gun with the female identification, though! We’ll get to that later — hopefully, once a female fetus is born, she won’t have to face all of the horrible restrictions our government and society forces her to adhere to; no child should be subjected to a life of inequity and politicized restrictions! Only 12% of abortions will occur after this point.
Mommy, my hair is starting to grow. It is very short and fine, but I will have a lot of it. I spend a lot of my time exercising. I can turn my head and curl my fingers and toes, and stretch my arms and legs. I am becoming quite good at it too.
At the end of this phase, that hair you have covers your entire body and is called lanugo. It certainly isn’t something that we associate with real children, though. You are still only 14 centimeters (about 5.5 inches). We still haven’t made it to your initial claim of 8 inches, but perhaps we’ll get there. Mommy is beginning to show her pregnancy at this time, and may be experiencing some life threatening illnesses as well!
You went to the doctor today. Mommy, he lied to you. He said that I’m not a baby. I am a baby Mommy, your baby. I think and feel. Mommy, what’s abortion?
You are currently 38cm (15 inches) from top to toe, or 25.5 cm (10 inches) from crown to rump. Only now could you possibly hear Mommy, unlike the claim made in Month 1. As for your question, abortion at this stage would be called dilation and extraction, also known as “late term abortion” or, as you would likely have it, “partial birth abortion.” This procedure is extremely rare, and only a handful of doctors in the U.S. will perform it, due to violence, threats, legal restrictions, and public humiliation by those who claim to support life. This procedure helps to truly support life in a variety of ways — it is used to save the life of Mommy, who if sick with certain illnesses (such as certain types of infections, heart failure, malignant hypertension, including preeclampsia, out-of-control diabetes, serious renal disease, severe depression and suicidal tendencies), could die or face serious health complications if the pregnancy continues. Additionally, if you have a severe genetic abnormality, genetic testing can be conducted at this stage to ensure that any future siblings do not face a similar fate.
(Also, let it be known that at this stage a fetus CANNOT think or feel.)
I can hear that doctor again. I don’t like him. He seems cold and heartless. Something is intruding my home. The doctor called it a needle. Mommy what is it? It burns! Please make him stop! I can’t get away from it! Mommy!! HELP me!! No …
Only 1.5% of abortions occur at this point. The legal restrictions, financial responsibilities, provider shortages and geographic challenges to abortion not only make it increasingly difficult to obtain this and other abortion procedures, but also reproductive services, health education and family planning assistance. Often, there is a reason that makes the procedure medically necessary, either for the health of the mother, the failure of the fetus to be viable, or both. Additionally, some women may have been unable to access appropriate services earlier in the pregnancy, or may only have enough money for a procedure at this stage.
(This also appears to describe a saline solution. I thought this procedure was no longer practiced. Correction if I’m wrong?)
(the fetus should absorb whatever painkiller medication given to the mother via bloodstream, and would therefore feel no “burning” or anything at all.)
Mommy, I am okay. I am in Jesus’s arms. he is holding me. He told me about abortion. Why didn’t you want me Mommy?
Mommy, however, may not be ok. In the case of serious health complications, Mommy is likely still suffering from the complications experienced during her pregnancy, and will probably undergo treatment for quite some time. If you failed to be viable, Mommy is probably finding out information that determines whether she can ever have a child, and the risks associated with future pregnancies. Mommy may also be suffering severe financial hardships, due to the expense of her procedure as well as associated travel costs (imagine the enormous hardships of raising a child in a safe home and providing equal opportunities throughout his or her life!). Hopefully, Mommy will be able to overcome these obstacles, many of them erected for no reason outside of misguided fundamentalism, and continue her life with health and happiness.
And with that all I have to say is this. Whatever your cause my be, you must never lie in order to draw support for that cause. That is not only dishonest, but wrong. If you have to rely on the inaccurate feeding of emotions in order to draw support, you may want to rethink why you are supporting what you do.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html (info on induced abortion in the US)
http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/fetal_development/week/ (for accurate fetal development week by week. Please notice the size of the embryo/fetus when compared to the mother’s uterus)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/24/health/24fetus.html?_r=3 (info on fetal pain)
http://discovermagazine.com/2005/dec/fetus-feel-pain (more on fetal pain)
http://bham.academia.edu/StuartDerbyshire/Papers/9488/Can_fetuses_feel_pain (and more on fetal pain)
http://www.elroy.net/ehr/abortionanswers.html (is abortion moral?)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7390522.stm (info on premature birth survival rates)
Long but worth the read. Antis, really, it’s time to shut up now.