Tuesday, July 24, 2012

23 weeks pregnant and my thoughts on legalized abortion

note: this post may seem a little crass, but hear me out.

I believe God when He says that every single human being is made in His image.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

I believe Him when He says that we all have value,

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

And that He has personally and intimately knit each and every single one of us together while we are in our mother's womb.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13-14

And that He cares about each one of us so much that he knows how many hairs are on our head.

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7

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This week marks my 23rd week of pregnancy with baby Elijah. He has been growing in my womb for 23 weeks; that's 161 days; that's 3864 hours; that's 231,840 minutes.

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What you may not realize though, and what saddens me to my core, is that legally, in the state in which I live and probably the one in which you live (all state laws are very similar, but not identical), I could walk into an abortion clinic today, tomorrow, and technically for the next 6 days, and have him aborted. Too harsh? Sometimes truth can be that way.

But before you get too angry with me, can I tell you a little bit about Elijah?

His gender, eye color, hair color, and several personality traits were determined at conception.

All of his limbs are present and functioning very well and haven been for months.

His heart, brain, liver, intestines, stomach, pancreas, kidneys, pituitary gland, spleen, and gonads are all formed and many have been functional for months.

His heart has been beating for 139 days and it sounds incredible!

He already has more tastebuds on his tongue than he'll need at birth.

He has a firm hand grip and has muscle strength, coordination and reflex action.

He has every necessary apparatus to breath! And if he were to deliver today, he would try to breath on his own, but would need support to do so.

He reacts to loud noises and music and I can feel it when he does.

I've been feeling him move for almost 2 months and it's like he's doing summer-saults in there!

Other babies have been born at his age or earlier and have survived!!


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[me on the left, a baby in the womb at 23 weeks on the right]

But what you need to know is that the above list of items is not unique to Elijah. These are true for all babies at 23 weeks gestation.

What this means is that every single baby who has been aborted at this stage in pregnancy was just as developed as he is right now. Each and every single one had just as much value on his or her life as he does. Each and every single one was and is loved deeply and known intimately by their Creator, our God.

And yet, not only are babies just like Elijah aborted every single week in this country, but it's legal, allowed, and defended by many. The murder of the most innocent and precious of our human race is all too common a practice in this country. And every single life that has been ended by abortion since January 22, 1973 has been legal. That's 54,559,615 innocent babies.

I know what you're thinking: abortions at 23 weeks aren't nearly as common as those taking place earlier in pregnancy. But that doesn't matter. Why? Because a child aborted at 3 days, or 5 weeks, or 12 weeks, or 40 weeks still loses his or her life. And that is a human right's issue. That is something worth standing up and speaking out about.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8

Ever since the day I learned what abortion was, I knew deep in my heart that it's wrong. And ever since that day, I haven't shut up about it. God has clearly spoken into my heart what I am to do with the life He has given me: save babies and minister to their mothers. I won't be quiet until abortion becomes unspeakable, not only in the United States, but across the globe. Innocent lives are depending on me, and you. Are you ready to step up and rescue them?

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Proverbs 24:11
If you are interested in getting involved in pro-life ministry and ending abortion, you can find a list of do-able actions here.

*all developmental information taken from
From Conception to Birth: The Drama of Life's Beginnings
*photo of baby in the womb above from
this site on prenatal development

7 comments:

  1. amen and amen. Abortion is not talked about nearly enough. Thanks for writing this!

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  2. Wow... I got goosebumps reading this. I am fully against abortion as well, but seeing your belly and knowing it's 23 weeks is just so sad!! way to speak out!

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  3. This is beautiful Jessi....a few weeks ago I was in Toronto and it was a little over the top but a group had these huge posters of an aborted baby at 8 weeks...it was heartbreaking. I am dying to know what it will be like to love like a mother, I will feel so lucky that God has chosen me to mother one of His children. And btw you look so cute! Such a skinny pregnant mama!

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  4. I LOVE this! It makes me so happy to see women stand up against abortion. God values every single life, and it breaks my heart that a mother could kill her child.

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  5. It brings tears to my eyes when I read all of this info and marvel at what is going on in your womb right now (and mine)... what beautiful gifts from God. What a wonderful post. P.S. You look AMAZING.

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  6. what a great post. every person has the right to life!! How sad that our country condones such an atrocious act of murder :(

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