Two stories in the news are making a defense of abortions more difficult to maintain. The first is news that abortions are down about 5 percent. It’s possible that the decline is because of the efforts of the pro-life, anti-abortion community. Related to their work are advances in technology. Women are seeing what they are aborting.
A new 4D video showing pre-born babies yawning is causing a stir. Of course, scientists are only talking about the images in technical terms on how the yawning relates to “fetal” development. They are missing the obvious. These images are not globs of tissues. They are babies.
Technology devices don’t come with moral tags attached to them. What people do with the things they develop with God’s stuff is the difference. This is certainly true with power (Matt. 10:25; 2 Cor. 1:24) and wealth (1 Tim. 3:3; 6:10; Heb. 13:5). Things are good or evil in and of themselves (Col. 2:20–23). Two men trained as physicians can use their skills and the latest in technological advances to save a lives or end lives.
David Horowitz writes the following in “When Man Plays God”:
“When ultrasound technology (sonogram) became readily available to physicians, it was a boon to the medical profession, which quickly realized its practical applications. . . .
“Women, especially, benefit from sonograms, whose images can identify the causes of pelvic bleeding, menstrual problems, cysts and cancerous cells. And of course the general monitoring of the health of both baby and mother during pregnancy have made the sonogram an invaluable diagnostic tool.
“But there is a flip side to this coin — the abuse of ultrasound technology (or of any technology, for that matter).”
That “flip side” is a form of fetal determinism, using a window on the woman to give parents information that can be used to determine if they want a child of a certain sex or if their child might be born with a mental or physical defect.
General Electric Medical Systems has developed 3D and 4D imaging. “To create 3D images, an ultrasound system determines the volume of a subject — for example, a baby. The system then reconstructs the image in three dimensions. As for 4D Ultrasound, only the Voluson 730 can gather 3D volumes and instantly reconstruct them into moving images.” The results are amazing.
Here’s a story that shows the positive side of advances in fetal surgery techniques that incorporate sonogram imaging.
“Just four months into Keri McCartney’s pregnancy, an ultrasound revealed a tumor growing on the baby’s tailbone the size of a grapefruit — nearly as large as the baby herself—that was stealing the baby’s blood and weakening her heart.”
In order to remove the tumor, the six-month preborn baby had to be operated on.
“Surgeons anesthetized Keri McCartney into a deep sleep in order to make sure the womb did not think the pregnancy was over during the procedure. After finding the right place that would not disturb the placenta, surgeons opened the womb and extracted about 80 percent of Macie Hope’s body, leaving only her head and upper body inside.”
These types of procedures, as more people learn about them, could send the abortion industry into economic freefall. Here’s a question for the doctors who operated on baby Macie: Was the “fetus” a baby when you operated on “it”? Throughout one article I read, Macie was continually described as “the fetus.” Why bother with an expensive operation on a “fetus” that is not really a human being until “it” takes a breath? Why weren’t the parents told that at this stage in the pregnancy, the tumor was just as significant as “the fetus” since they were nothing more than a mass of cells? Some news stories slipped up and called the pre-born Macie a baby. Good for them.