THE

beginning

of LIFE

From two to one – life begins with the so-called fertilisation.

“The human being does not develop into a human being, but as a human being. He does not become human, but is human… in every phase of his development, from fertilisation onwards.“

Prof. Dr. med Erich Blechschmidt, Embryologist

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A selection of the most important

MILESTONES OF prenatal development

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Week 0
Fertilisation

With fertilisation, a new human life has begun. The unique DNA created in the process has already determined all the characteristics of the human being: gender, blood group, eye and hair colour and numerous other traits.

Week 1
Embryo

The fertilised egg nests in the uterus. Here the human being grows for the next nine months. Its cells organise themselves into a so-called embryo.

Week 3
Heartbeat

The embryo has travelled down the fallopian tube and is starting to implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The heartbeat can already be detected. At this point, many mothers do not even know that they are pregnant.

Week 4-5
Limbs

The nervous system is developing, and the foundations for its major organs are in place. After four weeks, the buds for the arms and legs emerge.

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Week 5–6
First Movements

Between the 5th and 6th week, the embryo begins to move, both reflexively and of its own accord.

Week 7-8
Exploring

The individual fingers and toes forms. The embryo can bring its hands together and already hiccup. The fetus reacts to touching its lips.

Week 9
Fetus

The human being has grown from one cell to almost 1 billion cells and is now called a fetus. He can suck his thumb and swallow, grasp an object, touch his face, sigh and stretch out.

Week 10
Fingertips

The fetus now has working arm joints, and its cartilage and bones are forming. The fetus forms its unique fingerprints. Tiny tooth buds have begun to develop, too.

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Week 11
Exploring

The fetus moves around in the womb and explores its surroundings. The ears are now sculpted into their seashell shape, nipples on the chest are visible and skin is beginning to thicken.

Week 12
Tasting

The taste buds in the mouth are mature but still scattered all over the mouth. It is now fully formed, with all of the organs, muscles, limbs and bones in place.

Week 14-18
"It's me Mom"

The mother feels the movements of her growing child for the first time. The fetus can now perceive touch on its body, except on the top of the skull and the back. A soft layer of hair, called "lanugo", is now growing all over its body.

Week 19
Yawning

Ultrasound examinations reveal speech movements in the larynx. The Fetus can now yawn in the utero. Its hearing, feeling, swallowing and sucking reflexes are developing this week.

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Week 20-21
Viable outside

From this point on, babies can - with a lot of medical help - survive outside the womb. Could be cupped in the palms of two hands.

Week 26
Smiling

The unborn child can smile and mimic crying. Its eyes have fully developed, and they're even sporting newly visible eyebrows and eyelashes to accompany them.

Week 27
"I can hear you"

It is already breathing (amniotic fluid) and showing brain activity. It can perceive the voice of the parents and even recognise lullabies and stories.

Week 28
Light Sensitive

The baby is now able to open and close his eyes. With his eyes open, he/she is now able to tell light from dark. He may even turn or move around as a reaction to changes in light.

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Week 30
Vision

The fetus's eyes can now focus and its vision will continue to develop inside and outside the womb.
It is floating comfortably in almost one liter of amniotic fluid.

Week 32
Getting Fat

At this point, the baby is perfectly formed, but needs to put on weight – that's what the next few weeks are all about.

Week 35
Thicker Skin

By this week, the baby's arms and legs are growing chubbier, and her/his skin is becoming pink and smooth. Vernix, a coating on the fetus's skin that protects it from the amniotic fluid, continues to become thicker than in previous weeks.

Week 37-40
Ready, set, go

At 37 weeks, a pregnancy is considered full-term. The baby is ready to be born, and it we'll be meeting the outside world in the next few weeks.

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more than

1/4

of worldwide pregnancies ends in abortion.

(0,001% due to rape or incest)*

Why Pro-Life?

THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

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1  Freedom of choice

There is a common misconception of the fundamental right of freedom being lost by the mother, when it comes to the decision of making an abortion.
From the moment of conception onwards, the body (embryo) of a new life is formed. It’s fundamental Right to live (Article 2 of HRA) must in that case, be protected. In the case of an unwanted pregnancy, there is always the chance of giving the baby to adoption, thus is the freedom exercized.

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2  Rape & Incest

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3  Babies with Disabilities

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4  12, 14 or 22 Weeks?

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5  No exceptions?

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6  Pro-Life and Religion

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Why Pro-Life?

THE UNSEEN VIOLENCE

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1  Medically induced abortion

Medically induced abortion has been available under the name Mifegyne. It is also known as abortion pill or chemical or hormonal abortion. Medically induced abortions are performed in the first trimester up to the seventh week of the child's life (ninth week of pregnancy).
Mifegyne causes the embryo to be first suffocated. Mifepristone artificially induces labour, expelling thus the embryo through bleeding.

Even though medically induced abortion is considered to be relatively low-risk for the mother, it is important to point out that possible complications and health risks can happen.

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2  Abortion by suction

Surgical abortion, also called the suction method (vacuum aspiration), is performed in the first trimester of pregnancy up to the 12th week of the child's life (14th week of pregnancy). In the suction method, the embryo is aspirated through a suction catheter. It is performed as an outpatient procedure under general or local anaesthesia and usually takes about ten to fifteen minutes.

Because of its high complication rates, this method is nowadays being discouraged. Nevertheless, suction is the most common abortion method in Germany.

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3  Potassium chloride injection

The injection procedure is mainly used from the 20th week of the child's life (22nd week of pregnancy). At this point, the child is too big and its body too stable to be aspirated through the suction catheter. Children between the 12th and 20th week of life are often aborted by inducing labour with medication. Since they are not yet viable outside the womb, they usually die during the artificially induced birth process. To ensure that older children, who are basically viable after birth, do not survive the abortion, the child is killed in the womb before birth.

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4  Home Abortions

Due to the contact restrictions during the Corona crisis, some abortion providers have switched to sending the described pills by post. Medical education is then provided online or, in some cases, presumably omitted. The lack or inadequacy of medical education or history taking during medically induced abortion can lead to serious damage to the mother's health and even her death, as described.

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5  Possible complications

Medically induced abortion is considered to be relatively low-risk for the mother, it is important to point out a number of possible complications and health risks. For this reason, the pregnancy must be confirmed by a doctor and a thorough medical history and consultation must be carried out beforehand!

Abortion by suction is also considered to be relatively low-risk. However, there are a number of possible complications and health risks: Injuries to the uterine wall or cervix, adhesion of remains, bleeding, infections, increased risk of miscarriage and premature birth.

Late abortions with the injection procedure are accompanied by the following possible health risks: Injury to the uterine wall or cervix, bleeding, infections, increased risk of miscarriage and premature birth, death.

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Why Pro-Life?

CONSEQUENCES OF ABORTION

If women in crisis pregnancies are not aware of the consequences of abortion, are they deciding freely? Is freedom guaranteed if one doesn’t know the consequences of an action or what it implies? Some statictics:

INCREASED RISK OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

HIGHER CHANCES OF FUTURE PRETERM Birth

Increased risk of Placenta previa after one abortion

There is Hope after abortion.

Abortion can leave many women and men suffering from deep guilt, anxiety, and isolation. The good news are, they can find emotional, physical, and psychological healing.