I recently read an article written by another BIZCATALYST 360° Author (Larry Tyler), entitled “Abandoned”. As I read through the beginning of the story, I first thought that it might be a young person, or homeless person that the writer was referring to, then, towards the end, I figured out that “Sparky”, was a dog and not a person.
Many dogs and cats are abandoned every day, just as many babies do not have the chance to live every day. Dogs and cats are dear to us, I agree, and that so many are not taken care of and euthanized daily is sad, however, I also want to make clear that babies are also abandoned within the womb. I realize this is a touchy subject too many; some don’t want to hear the statistics or how many babies are destroyed in the womb each and every day, but here are the facts.
How many children are aborted? Worldwide, 55 million unborn children are killed every year. Around the world, every day 150,685 children are killed by abortion; every hour, 6278; and every minute, 105. If you are an American citizen, no doubt your greatest interest is in your own nation, as is mine. Let me break the abortions down to a national statistic: 1,600,000 babies are aborted in these United States every year. Per day, that’s 4,383; per hour, that’s 183; per minute.
Those are the reported cases, and they are increasing in many of the countries, where in China it was once that only baby boys were to be birthed, while baby girls were destroyed.
Let me just share with you some other facts you may not be aware of when it comes to “The Young One”:
Week 1 – Conception: Smaller than a grain of sugar, but already has the instructions given for what this little person will become.
Week 2 – The baby finds its way being attached to the security of the mother’s womb.
Week 3 – Blood vessels and sex cells form. Foundation of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are set.
Week 4 – Baby’s heart begins to beat, eyes, ears, nose, and lungs form.
Week 5 – Tiny arms and legs appear, as well as the baby’s face. The baby’s blood is now separate from the mother’s.
Week 6 – Tiny fingers and toes develop. 3 parts of the brain divide, emotion, language, hearing and seeing.
Week 7 – Buds of the baby’s milk teeth appear. 99% of the muscles are present and the brain is actually detached.
Week 8 – Baby begins spontaneous movement, and is now well proportioned, about the size thumb. Every organ is present. Eyebrows, skull, and knees are forming.
Week 9 – Hands and eyelids close when prodded, sex of the baby is visible, muscular movement begins
Week 10 – Fingerprints begin to form. Nerve and muscle connections have tripled. Eyelids will fuse together to protect the baby’s delicate eyes developing.
Week 11 – Breathing, smiling, facial expressions are present. Stomach muscles react, and the baby can urinate.
Week 12 – Baby is now 3 inches in length and weighs 2, oz. with fine hair. The baby can also swallow, and feels and responds to skin stimulation.
I love animals and will go out of my way to help whenever I can, but it really is heartbreaking to think of the above weeks of development of a baby, a human gift from God, as not being important enough to keep, while so many think a life growing in the womb as tissue. Think about it, if something can grow it is alive, correct?
Abandonment comes in all forms and examples of those viable things we can hold and love, such as puppies, kittens, or that we can pet, such as farm animals, and horses. However, to hold a baby who is just as helpless, and will grow into a contributing human being, when raised with the right stuff, so to speak, is abandonment gone wrong.