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Tektonics Apologetics Ministry
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Bede's Library: the Alliance of Faith and Reason
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Errant Skeptics Research Institute
Stephen Jones' CreationEvolutionDesign
Touchstone: a journal of mere Christianity: mere comments
The Secularist Critique: Deconstructing secularism
Ex-atheist.com: I Wasn't Born Again Yesterday
imago veritatis by Alan Myatt
Solid Rock Ministries
The Internet Monk: a webjournal by Michael Spencer
The Sydney Line: the website of Keith Windschuttle
Miranda Devine's writings in the Sydney Morning Herald
David Horowitz frontpage magazine
Thoughts of a 21st century Christian Philosopher
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Peter S. Williams Christian philosophy and apologetics
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

not just a lump of tissue after all

 

"Fearfully and wonderfully made"

The BBC reports New scans uncover secrets of the womb  
 

A new type of 3D ultrasound scan has produced vivid pictures of a 12 week-old foetus "walking" in the womb.  The new images also show foetuses apparently yawning and rubbing its eyes.  The scans, pioneered by Professor Stuart Campbell at London's Create Health Clinic, are much more detailed than conventional ultrasound.  Professor Campbell has previously released images of unborn babies appearing to smile...

Professor Campbell has perfected a technique which not only produces detailed 3D images, but records foetal movement in real time. He says his work has been able to show for the first time that the unborn baby engages in complex behaviour from an early stage of its development.

The images have shown:

  • From 12 weeks, unborn babies can stretch, kick and leap around the womb - well before the mother can feel movement
  • From 18 weeks, they can open their eyes although most doctors thought eyelids were fused until 26 weeks
  •  From 26 weeks, they appear to exhibit a whole range of typical baby behaviour and moods, including scratching, smiling, crying, hiccuping, and sucking.
  • Until recently it was thought that smiling did not start until six weeks after
    birth.

 

Watch baby grow and ask yourself when a foetus is or is not a person.

Currently abortions are legal up to 20 weeks in Australia and 24 weeks in Britain. However this new scan technology is going to cause a major revival of the abortion debate with governments, feminists and pro-choice pressure groups having to rethink the ethics of their position on abortion and "a woman's right to choose".

Yet, some 3,000 years ago, the Psalmist wrote of the One who had already seen the unborn child in the womb:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.

And now we can too...


 



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