Window to the Womb
From the time a young girl is in her early teens until she is in her 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, she will release an egg every month that, joined with a sperm cell, will have the capacity to create life! Pregnancy is an amazing, intricate process. If the woman is ovulating, the egg has been released. Millions of sperm cells will enter the womb on a frantic journey to reach the egg. The egg makes its way down the fallopian tube, where fertilization occurs. The sperm cells only have a few days to reach the egg. The journey is fraught with twists and turns.
When the sperm does enter the egg, the cell membrane seals up to prevent any more sperm from entering in. What an amazing thing! Then the nuclei of the sperm and egg unite, creating life! At that moment fertilization occurs. The genetic material from the male and female join together to form the DNA of a new human being! It spells out the eye color, hair color, height, and all of the components that make up God’s new creation. The sex of the child is also determined at the moment of conception.
It takes the newly formed zygote approximately 6 days to make its way down to the womb where it will implant into the uterus. There the little one will stay, hopefully, until delivery.
On this point, there is consensus in science, medicine, and biology. The late Dr. Jerome LeJeune was the discoverer of the chromosome pattern of Down’s syndrome. He told a Senate subcommittee that “After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being.” That new human being is genetically distinct from his mother. His genetic endowment of 46 chromosomes–half from father, half from mother–is a unique, vastly complex blueprint for physiological development at a torrid pace.
Just eighteen days after conception the heart begins to beat at 65 times a minute. By twenty-eight days arm and leg buds begin to form. At 30 days the unborn child has multiplied in size ten thousand times, has a brain, and has blood flowing through his veins.
At 40 days, brain waves can be recorded. Just 42 days into life, the unborn child’s skeleton is formed and his brain controls muscle and organ movements. The child goes from an embryo to a fetus at eight weeks gestation. There are individuals who say that the child is just a “fetus” at this stage, but he/she is becoming more developed. The child has jumped a significant hurdle in development. The fingerprints are detectable, hands and feet are almost completely formed, and the fingers are developed to grasp an instrument.
At 8 weeks, the baby is able to move around in the womb. One can see the unborn baby jumping around on the fetal monitor. It’s amazing to see how agile the little one is as he climbs the uterine wall and does somersaults. He/she is developing their own unique personality.
At 12 weeks, all body systems and vital organs are formed. The unborn, now about three-and-one-half inches long, breathes (fluid) swallows, digests, urinates, has tiny liquid bowel movements, sleeps, has dream patterns, feels pain from touch and heat, and reacts to light and noise.
And yet, it is during these first few months of incredibly fast-paced development that abortionists most often introduce surgical instruments into the womb in a deadly attempt to dismember children nestled securely inside their mothers. The equipment that is used causes the little ones to grimace and draw back as their suddenly accelerated heartbeat just as suddenly stops.
God’s creation of life in the womb is an amazing thing! Ecclesiastes 11:5 says, “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”
Children are a gift to be treasured. Just think of the incredible way God created you. Look at the eye that is able to capture such beauty. With the ears we are able to hear the birds sing and the crashing of the thunder. He created us with a heart that is able to be filled with compassion and a mind able to reason and discern right from wrong.
Pray for the ability to choose life for your child. That is what God wants you to do!