*All images are photographs of real babies and some by photographer Lennart Nilson.

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LIE #1:
It's just a clump of cells

Unborn human beings have human DNA. At only 8 weeks they have formed fingers and toes. At 16-21 days the heart begins to beat. Brain activity starts around week 5. The baby can move and respond to stimulation at 6 weeks and can suck their thumb at 8 weeks. Most women cannot get a positive pregnancy test until week 6 at the earliest.

 

LIE #1:
It's just a clump of cells
LIE #2:
It's just a fetus

The term "fetus" is the word used for a human being in a particular stage of early human development. There are three stages of pre-natal human development: 1) Germinal, 2) Embryonic, and 3) Fetal. The fetal stage lasts from 9 weeks until birth. These terms continue after birth (baby, toddler, child, adolescent, adult, elderly) but no matter what stage or term you use, they are all describing different life stages of a human being.

 

LIE #2:
It's just a fetus not a baby
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LIE #3:
The baby is not alive

A baby in womb meets all the qualifications to be alive. Besides having a beating heart, the baby is growing which is a hallmark sign of life. The baby can respond to stimuli in the first weeks of life and has all of the human organs that give the ability to reproduce. Living creatures have cells, DNA, and the ability to convert food into energy, grow, reproduce, respire and move and be active. These characteristics become the criteria for scientists which babies in womb meet entirely.

 

LIE #3:
The baby is not alive
LIE #4:
The baby is a parasite

In order for a parasite to be a parasite it needs to be a different species from it's host. Next, parasite has to be doing some damage to the host - a parasitic creature kills or hurts the host - which is not the case in a mother to her baby in the womb. 

LIE #4:
The baby is a parasite
LIE #5:
Abortion is legal or popular

If you determine right or wrong by what is currently legal or popular, then you also would have been a Nazi and a member of the KKK. 

 

LIE #5:
Abortion is legal or popular
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LIE #6:
It's healthcare

Taking an instrument and slowly severing every limb from a tiny living human body then harvesting the beating organs, injecting the living body with a poison causing death, or adding a solution that burns their tiny body until they die, are not medical procedures. True heath care nurtures a person back to life and health, not causing death. Hitler had many medical doctors who did all sorts of inhumane things in the name of "healthcare" and medical research taking thousands of precious lives. 

 

LIE #6:
It's healthcare
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LIE #7:
The baby might be poor or abused if I allow her/him to live

By this reasoning then this lie would support wiping out the rest of the poor and abused who are living in the world today. Although suffering in this world does exist, many people who have had a hard life value their lives greatly and still enjoy the simple pleasures of life. There is no way to know what kind of future that tiny person will hold. If that baby could speak for his or herself, they would want to live.

 

LIE #7:
The baby might be poor or abused if I allow her/him to live
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LIE #8:
Because of the way the baby is conceived, I can kill her/him

If you believe this is true, then you should be able to look at someone in the face who was conceived in rape and say to them "You were better off dead. Your mother should have the right to kill you." And if you can do that, I want you to ask yourself where and when your heart became so cold that you are able to say that to another human being. "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin." - Deuteronomy 24:16

LIE #8:
Because of the way the baby is conceived, I can kill her/him
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LIE #9:
I should be able to take the babies life so I can have what I want

You are not the only one that matters. You are 100% responsible for the life inside of your womb just like a mother of a toddler is responsible for the safety and protection of her child. A selfish person will make decisions by what they want regardless of how it may hurt someone else. We must consider others and their well being (what's best for them), even if it means we have to give up something for ourselves. And that is real love.

LIE #9:
I should be able to take the babies life so I can have what I want 
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LIE #10:
The population is too high anyway

This is an interesting reason to justify murder, especially considering the entire world can fit into New York City. It's also interesting that the people who use this excuse to claim that it is justified to take other's lives to reduce the population...are never the ones to volunteer to go first.

LIE #10:
The population is too high anyway
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LIE #11:
I don't have enough money or support

The fear and hopeless feelings that come along with worrying if you won't have enough support or funds to raise a child is understandable. However, in our culture today there are so many resources available. Pregnancy centers, pro-life ministries, and churches are peppered all across this nation and are a literally itching at the chance to help support you and your baby. They are just a phone call away. And if that just isn't enough and you feel completely despaired about your financial or support situation, adoption is a wonderful option and there are thousands of couples waiting eagerly and desperately to love and cherish a child.

LIE #11:
I don't have enough money or support
LIE #12:
There's too many children in foster care already

There are thousands of crisis' in the world today: human trafficking, poverty, diseases, and many others. We can know that in this world we will all suffer at some time. There is no logic in saying "I know you will suffer so I think it's better for me to kill you than for you to suffer." We cannot eliminate the sufferer claiming that their death is better than their suffering. Just one person alone can not solve the world's problems but many people working together can make a difference. There are many efforts and organizations focused on specific problems in the world. To say that pro-lifers don't care about foster kids would be like getting mad that the American Diabetes Association does not fight cancer. Many are doing what they can. Typically pro-life Christians are quicker to adopt unwanted children more than any other group.

LIE #12:
There's too many children in foster care already

References & Articles

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  2. Anand, K., M.B.B.S., D.Phil. “Expert Report of Kanwaljeet S. Anand, M.B.B.S., D.Phil.” Expert testimony before the US Dept of Justice describing the capacity of the fetus to feel pain, Jan 14, 2004.

  3. Campbell, Stuart MD. Watch Me Grow! London: St. Martin’s Press, 2004.

  4. Carlson, B. Human Embryology & Developmental Biology. 3rd ed. Toronto: Mosby Pub, 2004.

  5. Ertelt, Steven. “Planned Parenthood Sues to Violate FDA Protocols, Injure Women with Dangerous Abortion Drug.” http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/05/planned-parenthood-sues-to-violate-fda-protocols-injure-women-with-dangerous-abortion-drug/ March 5, 2014. (accessed March 23, 2014)

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