Saturday, March 29, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

When Does Life Begin? What the Medical Textbooks Say


“Each human being starts his life, his very being, as an ordinary cell called the zygote, measuring less than 0.2 mm in diameter.”

Essentials of Human Embryology, S.M. Bhatnagar et. al., 1983, Orient Longman, India




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“The male and female sex cells or gametes…unite at fertilization to initiate the embryonic development of a new individual.”

“Fertilization takes place in the oviduct (fallopian tubes)... resulting in the formation of a zygote containing a single diploid nucleus.”

“Embryonic development is considered to begin at this point.”

“This moment of zygote formation may be taken as the beginning or zero time point of embryonic development."

Essentials of Human Embryology (pp. 1-17)
Larsen, W.J. 1998.
Churchill Livingstone, New York.

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"Zygote: this cell results from the union of an oocyte(egg) and a sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).
Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm ... unites with a female gamete or oocyte ... to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.

The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology by Moore, K. and T.V.N. Persaud. 1998. (6th ed.), W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia. (pp 2-18)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Listen to the sound of an unborn baby's heartbeat!

This is the sound of an unborn baby's heartbeat at 13 1/2 weeks!Listen by clicking this link.

Or click on this imeem player:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Corrinne May's blog

I feel so proud of Corrinne May because she's Asian (from Singapore, based in the USA), because she's pro-life, because she has a beautiful, beautiful voice and because she has written "Beautiful Seed" and another favorite song of mine, "Five Loaves and Two Fishes".


View her blog, "Corrinne's Musings". Here she tells the story of her participation in the Walk for Life in San Francisco on January 20, 2008, which was also her 35th birthday. The title of that post is "Celebrating Life". This is the text of Corrinne's post:

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Celebrating Life

So, I had a beautiful birthday. I'd been
going back and forth about whether to go for the 'Walk
For Life' and I'm glad that I did it.

After all, what better way is there to celebrate
my 35th year of life than by taking part in a
pro-life walk, a walk that calls to mind the need
to cultivate a culture of life, especially during
this, the 35th anniversary of the Roe V Wade, U.S
Supreme Court decision to legalise abortion in the
US.

It is well worth reflecting/contemplating on the
fact that I was born, 35 years ago, just around
the time when the Supreme Court here chose
to allow people to legally abort the unborn
for whatever reasons, whatsoever.

The babies aborted around that time would
have been my age this year. In taking
part in the walk, I felt that it was one
way I could help to give a voice to the
voiceless, to make a stand on behalf
of those who did not have a choice to keep their
lives.

In place of a birthday dinner celebration
as usual, or a birthday cake, or birthday cards,
I broke bread and shared the feast of Christ's
body and blood with my fellow brothers
and sisters in Christ at mass at St. Patrick's
Church, I had the pleasure of enjoying the candles
lit at the Tabernacle and I had a placard to hold
'Women Deserve Better Than Abortion' during the
Walk For Life.

Yes, it took 6 hours to drive there and 6 hours to
drive back to LA, but it was a journey not made
in vain. After all, no life is lived in vain.

It was a celebration of life. The life that is
given to all of us, the life that only He
can give, or take away.

Beautiful Seed- Live performance with band and strings.-Corrinne May's concert in SG



Corrinne May: "I decided to name my new album and also this next song "Beautiful Seed" becuase i think the seed is such a beautiful metaphor for ourselves and our lives. We start off being really really tiny and really small, very insignificant actually that you even need an ultrasound to see that little dot in the mother's womb. But then all the potential for who we are and who we will be is already there and that's so amazing to me.. that everything that we are , we just came from that small insignificant seed. And I was inspired because oftentimes we think that you know, we're just one person, what can we do,but I look at the Mahatma Gandhis of the world,and the Mother Teresas , and you know, it's just amazing how one person can make a difference. I think it's good to remember that. So this song is called "Beautiful Seed"."

This video is "Corrinne May's performance of 'Beautiful Seed' at the sold-out 'Beautiful Seed' concert held at the UCC Hall in Singapore on the 3rd of August 2007. Corrinne is accompanied by a string ensemble and her 5-piece band." - from youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oyYUA-32Fc

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Calling Wrong Things Wrong -by Jim Lamb, Lutherans for Life

Speaking of slavery to some of his opponents, Abraham Lincoln said:

"Why are you so careful, so tender of this one wrong and no other?

. . . There is no place where you will allow it to be even called wrong! We must not call it wrong in the Free States because it is not there, and we must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion. . .There is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong." (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Roy P. Besler, Ed. p. 21.)


We must call abortion wrong in our churches because it violates the Fifth Commandment, "You shall not murder." Abortion destroys a human life created by God and for whom Jesus died.


We must call abortion wrong in our churches so our people will know it is wrong. They constantly hear the opposite in society.


But most importantly, we must call it wrong in our churches so that those who have committed this wrong will be able to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ applied to their sin and spoken to their hearts.


-by Jim Lamb

Executive Director

Lutherans for Life, USA

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Beautiful Seed by Corrinne May

View the video of this very beautiful song by Corrinne May







BEAUTIFUL SEED

(written by Corrinne May Ying Foo, copyright 2006)

You can fill the darkness
with just one flash of light
Break the silence with just one word
One defiance starts a revolution
One life can save the world

On the steps of Washington
Sprinkled like confetti
Thousands of people sing
"We shall overcome"
The preacher shouts :
"Let freedom ring."
He gave his life for what he believed

You can be a witness
You can be a prophet
You can make the whole world believe
Break the strongest fortress
Change the way the world thinks
You can build a bridge where
foes can meet
Hope for the future
Shout it, don't whisper
Dreams are what we make them to be
There is hope in every heartbeat
Tiny as it seems
You're a beautiful seed

She's a pastor's daughter
She's only 16
But her heart and her belly
are breaking at the seams
Her boyfriend blames her,
he wants to pay
for the doctor to wash it away

As she lays in the hospital,
A Christmas choir is singing
About a child in a manger,
fragile and small
"Unto us is born a Savior"
She looks at her baby and cries
as she sings him a lullaby.

You can be a witness
You can be a prophet
You can make the whole world believe
Break the strongest fortress
Change the way the world thinks
You can build a bridge where
foes can meet
Hope for the future
in the tiniest whisper
Dreams are what we make them to be
There is hope in every heartbeat
Tiny as it seems
You're a beautiful seed

Every hope, every power
lies in the heart of a seed that flowers
Intertwined all across the land
We're all seeds in the Maker's hands.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Life is Sacred

Life is Sacred ...
  • because God made us in His image
  • because medical science shows when a new life begins (embryology)
  • because advances in technology allow us to see and hear the developing baby like never before( 3-d and 4-d ultrasound, intrauterine photography, fetal doppler, fetal monitors)
2-d ultrasound image, 12-week-old baby


intrauterine photograph, 22-week-old baby


3-d ultrasound image


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4-d ultrasound image