Image of a human being at 8 weeks development
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The baby first moves between the 6th and 7th weeks.38 If the lips are stroked the child bends the upper body to one side and makes a quick backward movement.39 This total pattern response involves movement of
most of the body.
At 8 weeks, tickling the preborn's nose will cause him to flex his head backwards away from the stimulus.40 Tapping the amniotic sac results in arm movements.41 The preborn swims in the amniotic fluid with a natural
At the end of the 7th week the child's central nervous system has reached a highly developed state. Dr. Harley Smyth, a neurologist at Toronto's Wellesley Hospital, stated:
[A]t 6 weeks there is the possibility of recording electrical activity from the nervous system already so highly organized that it can subserve
. . . purposeful and even co-ordinated movements.43
At merely 40 days the skeleton begins to develop in cartilage.44 The movement of electrical impulses through the neural fibres and spinal column takes place between 6 and 7 weeks and at the end of the second
month most parts of the adult skeleton can be identified, as well as most named nerves and muscles.45, 46
At only 40 days after fertilization electrical waves as measured by the EEG can be recorded from the baby's brain, indicating brain functioning47, 48
At 8 to 9 weeks the eyelids have begun forming. Hair appears.54
By the 9th or 10th week the preborn child sucks her thumb, turns, somersaults, jumps, can squint to close out light, frowns, swallows, and moves her tongue.55
If you stroke a preborn's palm at 9 to 10 weeks she will make a fist. At 9 weeks she will bend her fingers round an object in the palm of her hand.56 At 11 weeks the face and all parts of the upper and lower
extremities are sensitive to touch.57, 58
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- 38. Arey, A.B., Developmental Anatomy, 6th ed., W.B. Sanders Co., Philadelphia, 1954.
- 40.Hellgers, A. (1970), "Fetal Development," Theological Studies, 3, 26.
- 41. Rosen, M., "Learning Before Birth," Harpers Magazine, April 1978.
- 42. Rockwell, P.E., Director of Anesthesiology, Leonard Hospital, Troy,
- New York, U.S. Supreme Court, Markle v. Abele, 72-56, 72-730, p. 11,1972.
- 43. Evidence of Dr. Harley Smyth (Position), Borowski v. The Attorney General of Canada 8C.C.C. (3d) 1983; See Trial for Life, Vol.1, Alliance Against Abortion, Winnipeg, 1984, Testimony of Dr. Harley
Smyth, p. 492.
- 44. Rugh, Robert, and Shettles, Landrum B., From Conception to Birth: The Drama of Life's Beginnings, Harper and Row, New York, 1971, pp. 47, 50.
- 45. Page, E.W., and Villee, D.B., Human Reproduction--The Essentials of Reproduction and Perinatal Medicine, W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 1982, pp. 269-270.
- 46. Gasser, Raymond, "The Beginning of Individual Human Life From a Biological Perspective," in James Bopp (ed.), Human Life and Health Care Ethics, University
Publications of America, Inc., Frederick, Maryland, 1985, p. 14.
- 47.Hamlin, H. (1964), "Life or Death by EEG," Journal of the American Medical Association, October 12, 113.
- 48. Goldenring, J. (1982), "Development of the Fetal Brain," New England Journal of Medicine, August 26, 1982, 564.
- 49. "Life Before Birth," Life magazine, April 30, 1965, p. 13. 50. Begley, Sharon, with Carey, John, "How Human Life Begins," Newsweek, January 1, 1982, p. 39. 51. Gasser, Raymond, "The
- 50. Begley, Sharon, with Carey, John, "How Human Life Begins," Newsweek, January 1, 1982, p. 39.
- 51. Gasser, Raymond, "The Beginning of Individual Human Life From a Biological Perspective," in James Bopp (ed.), Human Life and Health Care Ethics, University
Publications of America, Inc., Frederick, Maryland, 1985, p. 17.
- 52.Ibid., p. 17.
- 53. Nillson, Lennart, A Child Is Born, The Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., New York, 1986, p. 84.
- 54. Ibid., pp. 88, 123.
- 55. United States Congress, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, The Human Life Bill, S. 158, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session, 1983, Vol. 1, pp. 9-10.
- 56. Valman, H.B., and Pearson J.F. (1980), "What the Fetus Feels," British Medical Journal, January 20
- 57. Reinis, S., and Goldman J., The Development of the Brain, Thomas Publishers, New York, 1980, pp. 223-235.
- 58. Timiras, P.S., Developmental Physiology and Aging, The MacMillan Company, New York, 1972, p. 153.