I was captivated by a baby girl I saw recently in church. Her eyes were filled with wonder, taking in everything within her environment.
This chance encounter made me reflect upon the development of an unborn child. At just 19 days after conception, the eyes begin to develop. Imagine that. Less than three weeks after egg and sperm have united, the birth of sight begins. It is truly incredible.
By the 9th week after conception, the preborn child will be able to squint–a quite human response.
If we could look her in the eyes at that point, would any of us say that abortion is a rational option?
The fact is, the humanity of an unborn child is established from the start. A cycle of growth and development has begun which, if uninterrupted, will lead to birth. Think of the other milestones within a preborn child’s life cycle: the heart beats at 24 days after conception…arms and legs are forming at 28 days…the skeleton is complete at 42 days.
If we could look into that child’s eyes…at any point in her mother’s womb…would we say she is undeserving of life?
It is true that much of the development of the unborn child is hidden from us most of the time. But technological breakthroughs such as 4D Ultrasound have given us a window to the womb, allowing us to see the unborn child as never before. We know so much more now than the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court did in 1973, when they issued their tragic ruling Roe v. Wade.
Let us look at all preborn children with the eyes of love, knowing that they are as deserving of protection as each one of us.