I’m at 20 weeks, half way through my pregnancy! I haven’t felt our baby move or kick yet. I’m looking forward to that day. But I’m still enjoying seeing the changes in my body and feel really good most days. Now if I could just get our little one to stop pressing on tender nerves. My right leg falls asleep several times daily!
Jim and I are waiting to discover the sex of our child. He has convinced me it’s worth the anticipation. The surprise will make his or her birth that much more joyful! So, we have two sets of names picked out, one for a girl and one for a boy. I’m hoping for a girl, but will rejoice in the whatever life God blesses us with.
In my initial pregnancy announcement, My Uterine Fibroids Journey (Part 3) – From Infertility to Healthy Pregnancy, I described our baby as a miracle, especially because I struggled with infertility for a number of years. But whether a mother has to wait many months or conceives right away, I’m convinced that every baby is a miracle! I have always believed unborn life is precious, but now that I’m pregnant, life in the womb seems more awe-inspiring and marvelous than ever before. It’s remarkable how God can create life from two different people and over nine months, weave together the most intricate, complex, and intelligent body and mind that lives on Earth – the human being. I love what ancient King David wrote in Psalm 139.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
What a privilege for me to carry a human soul into the world!
Have you seen photos of babies growing in the womb? Check out these wonderful images that Buzz Feed posted from the organization Personhood USA, Top 10 Mind-Blowing Images of Human Life in the Womb. Absolutely amazing! Our little one looks similar to photo number 7, the one sucking her thumb. My baby has a unique set of fingerprints at 20 weeks, as well as detectable brain waves and functioning intestines and kidneys!
Lately, I’ve heard several incredible stories of babies born prematurely, at 32 weeks, 28 weeks, and one at 25 weeks! They all survived and grew up to be healthy children and adults, even with a tenuous beginning in this world. Can you believe that? Sometimes babies can survive outside the womb at 25 weeks of gestation!
I’m thankful we live in a time of advanced health technology that can recognize every stage of life, even unborn life in the womb.
I’m also astonished that some people do not respect unborn life in the womb. I’m not sure who or what convinced them that life does not begin at conception. I don’t understand how some health professionals (who took the hippocratic oath to save lives) now terminate life at 10, 15 and 20 weeks, the age of my baby. And I’m especially appalled by scientists who buy and sell baby organs and body parts for money.
How is my wanted pregnancy a baby, but an unwanted pregnancy is a blob of tissue?
Abortion is has always been a hot topic, but now more so because of recent news. Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal body parts. It’s a gruesome and heart-sickening story. Investigative videos being released by The Center for Medical Progress show high-ranking officials in Planned Parenthood casually speaking about how the business of selling baby parts is conducted. You can watch the videos here. I have not personally watched the videos. I can’t bear it. I’ve decided to protect my own heart and health by concentrating on an attitude of life. I’m focusing on the birth of my precious baby.
At the same time, I cannot stay silent. I must speak out. I must shout it to the roof tops! Unborn babies are human beings and deserve a chance at life. They need our respect as a culture. They are precious, from the very moment God conceives their little hearts in the womb.
I know the abortion debate is complex. I know that underprivileged women struggle. I realize there are desperate circumstances in which women feel alone. It must be terribly difficult to keep an unwanted baby, or even decide to carry to full term for adoption. But there are options. There is support. Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Pregnancy Resource Centers are wonderful organizations that support women of all ages, colors, and financial backgrounds. We can do better as a nation. I believe we can support women, and at the same time, save precious babies. Abortion is not the answer.
For women who have already had an abortion, you are not alone either. While you may regret your past, there is hope for your future. There is healing and forgiveness in God’s loving arms. Jesus doesn’t condemn you; neither do I.
Do you believe in life at conception? If not, why not? When do you believe life begins?
Whatever you believe at this moment, consider this:
My unborn baby is a precious human life. He or she was created by God and will be loved by me and my husband, both now and when they are born.
Every child is precious, born and unborn.