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National Geographic Features Life in the Womb

by | Sep 27, 2011

By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., NRL Director of Education & Research

“Before its first breath, a human baby has been through an incredible transformation from a single cell to a complex self-sustaining organism.”

Is that a sentence from one of National Right to Life’s publications, trying to make the case for the humanity of the unborn child to a skeptical world?  No.  It’s the opening sentence to a remarkable new short video on National Geographic’s website featuring some amazing 4-D ultrasound footage of the developing child.

Thanks to 4-D ultrasound, a tool that National Geographic likens to the Hubble Space Telescope for obstetricians, this “area of exploration” regarding fetal development has been “revolutionized,” giving us the ability to “open a window on the womb and see babies growing before our eyes.”

What we see in the short video segment are clear 4-D ultrasound videos of children in the womb yawning, rubbing their noses, and even opening their eyes!  Remarkable are scans taken just weeks apart from a very small child at six weeks where details are hard to see to one just two weeks later when one can not only easily see the child’s arms and legs, but see them moving about!

The images, the narrator tells us, show “the incredible range of behavior that even a very young fetus is capable of.”

You can watch the short 2 minute, 19 second video here:

The video is a segment of a longer program titled “In the Womb” produced by National Geographic that covers the development of unborn child from conception to birth with the sort of amazing footage and graphics that National Geographic is known for.

That program is available for sale as a DVD on National Geographic’s website, along with other programs that follow the fantastic journey taken in the first months of all our lives.

This latest footage makes clear that those of us who defend the sanctity of every unborn child’s life are not simply one more political interest group, but people asking simply that our laws reflect the reality of what any objective observer can see for themselves – the glorious humanity of every unborn child!

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Categories: Unborn Children