Short-term Memory Found In 30-week-old Fetuses- ScienceDaily (July 15, 2009)

A call to NARAL Pro-Choice America for comment on the implications of the research were not returned. (Big surprise)

Memory probably begins during the prenatal period, but little is known about the exact timing or for how long memory lasts. Now in a new study from the Netherlands, scientists have found fetal short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks.

The study provides insights into fetal development and may help address and prevent abnormalities. Published in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal Child Development, it was conducted by researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the University Medical Centre St. Radboud.

The scientists studied about 100 healthy pregnant Dutch women and their fetuses, measuring changes in how the fetus responds to repeated stimulation. After receiving a number of stimuli, the fetus no longer responds to the stimulus as observed by ultrasonography and the stimulus is then accepted as “safe.” This change in response is called “habituation.” In a second session, the fetus “remembers” the stimulus and the number of stimuli needed for the fetus to habituate is then much smaller.

Based on their research, the scientists found the presence of fetal short-term memory of 10 minutes at 30 weeks. They determined this because a significantly lower number of stimuli was needed to reach habituation in a second session, which was performed 10 minutes after the first session. They also found that 34-week-old fetuses can store information and retrieve it four weeks later. Fetuses were tested at 30, 32, 34, and 36 weeks, and again at 38 weeks. The 34- and 36-week-old fetuses habituated much faster than the 38-week-old fetuses that had not been tested before. This implies that these fetuses have a memory of at least 4 weeks—the interval between the test at 34 weeks and that at 38 weeks.

“A better understanding of the normal development of the fetal central nervous system will lead to more insight into abnormalities, allowing prevention or extra care in the first years of life and, as a consequence, fewer problems in later life,” according to the study’s authors.

“It seems like every day we find out marvelous new things about the development of unborn children. We hope that this latest information helps people realize more clearly that the unborn are members of the human family with amazing capabilities and capacities like these built in from the moment of conception,” said Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.

A call to NARAL Pro-Choice America for comment on the implications of the research were not returned.

The Dutch medical team, meanwhile, said its findings could help obstetricians track the healthy development of unborn babies during pregnancy. The research was published in Child Development, a medical journal.

Scientists have been curious about fetal responses to sound for decades.

The first real study of “habituation” occurred in 1925 when researchers discovered that fetuses moved less when exposed to a beeping car horn. Since then, door buzzers and even electric toothbrushes have been used to help researchers understand the fetal environment – and the response of the unborn to such influences.

Beeps and buzzes were not always the tools of choice.

In 2003, psychologists and obstetricians at Queen’s University in Canada found a profound mother-baby link. In a study of 60 pregnant women, they found that the unborn babies preferred the voices of their own mothers – both before and after birth.

The heart rates of fetuses sped up when they heard their mother reading a poem, and slowed down when they heard a stranger’s voice – evidence of “sustained attention, memory and learning by the fetus,” said Barbara Kisilevsky, a professor of nursing who led the research.

The Queen’s group has also investigated fetal response to the father’s voice, concluding that if men try a little pre-natal vocalizing to their offspring, the newborn will later recognize the father’s voice.

Journal references:  Dirix, CEH, and Nijhuis, JG, Jongsma, HW, and Hornstra, G. Aspects of Fetal Learning and Memory. Child Development, Vol. 80, Issue 4

Adapted from materials provided by Society for Research in Child Development, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.


“The Sensations Of Dismemberment Flow Through The Forceps Like An Electric Current”

Warren Hern, a late-term abortion doctor in Colorado, gave a paper to the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians in which he had studied his own staff:

“We have produced an unusual dilemma.  A procedure is rapidly becoming recognized as the procedure of choice in late term abortion, but those capable of performing or assisting with the procedure are having strong personal reservations about participating in an operation which they view as destructive and violent… Some part of our cultural and perhaps even biological heritage recoils at a destructive operation on a form that is similar to our own, even while we may know that the act has a positive effect for a living person.  No one who has not performed this procedure can know what it is like or what it means; but having performed it, we are bewildered by the possibilities of interpretation.  We reach a point in this particular technology where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator.  It is before one’s eyes.  The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current… The more we seem to solve the problem, the more intractable it becomes.”  (Hern and Corrigan, 1978).

I really DON’T think I need to comment on this statement by Warren Hern.  It speaks VOLUMES all by itself.

Statement to the Press – Anthony Levatino, M.D.

Statement to the Press – Anthony Levatino, M.D.

September 18, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you for allowing me to opportunity to address you this morning.

I am a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I completed my residency training in 1980 at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. During my residency, I was trained to perform both first and second trimester abortions. I continued to perform these procedures during my first five years in private practice. Between July 1980 and February 1985, I performed approximately 1200 first and second trimester abortions.

Imagine for a moment that you are a “pro-choice” obstetrician-gynecologist like I once was. Your patient today is seventeen years old and she is twenty weeks pregnant. At twenty weeks, her uterus is up to her umbilicus and she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table and you are there to help her with her problem pregnancy. Upon entering the room after scrubbing, you dry your hands with a sterile towel and are gowned and gloved by the scrub nurse.

The first task is remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter. Picture yourself introducing the catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This amniotic fluid surrounded the baby to protect her.

With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At one end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ on an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go.

A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.

The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.

Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose. You just made $600 cash in fifteen minutes.

Fetal Development Exposed: Is The 8 Week Fetus a “Blob”?

In responding to pro abortion blogs I have found a scary, yet underlying theme, which is that the majority of pro aborts believe their unborn fetus isn’t anything like a baby at all.  They also believe it is like a “blob of cells” even at the beginning of the fetal period- 8 weeks after conception.  They go on to say that their fetuses aren’t anything like a baby until the time abortion is restricted (after 24 weeks?).  Likewise, pro aborts routinely compare a fetus to seeds in a garden, a parasite on a host, a blob of tissues… and the list goes on.

These scary inaccuracies and lies are truly harmful to the women choosing abortion.

The truth of fetal development (don’t blame me for this data, my fellow pro aborts… just the facts here) are listed below.  Please read, remember and share.  The lies and myths NEED to be corrected.

The Unborn Child Develops Rapidly

Medical Information taken from:

Although the child begins developing immediately after conception, the most visible advances occur during the third to eighth weeks. In fact, key organs are already developing in the third week – a time when many women are just beginning to wonder if they are pregnant.

Blood vessels start to form very early, about 13-18 days after fertilization. Then, on about the 20th day – nearly the end of the third week – the foundation of the brain, the spinal cord, and the entire nervous system is established.  The eyes begin to develop early in the fourth week after conception. During this extremely critical week the esophagus, gallbladder, liver, lungs, pancreas, pharynx, stomach, and trachea also begin to form. And, toward the end of the week, the nose, tongue, and spleen also start to develop.

The heart begins to beat on about the 22nd day after conception, circulating blood throughout the child. The arms begin to form on about day 26, followed by the beginnings of the legs on day 28, the same day that the mouth opens for the first time. Also on the 28th day, building blocks are present for 40 pairs of muscles that will run from the base of the skull to the bottom of the spinal column.  The kidneys begin to develop early in the fifth week after conception. The jaws and ears are also forming during this week and the face starts to look human.

The intestines are defined at the end of the first month, and the larynx is developing on about the 32nd day, the same time that spinal nerves begin to sprout and the palate is forming.  The cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls the intellect and motor activity, begins to differentiate on the 33rd day after conception, the same day that the forearms and shoulders can be distinguished. The elbows are developing on the 34th day, as are both hand and foot plates.  The olfactory nerve, which is related to the sense of smell, is present in the brain on the 35th day after conception, the day when the ribs begin to form and lengthen.

Both the upper and lower lips are forming early in the sixth week after conception. Also during the sixth week the eye is obvious, reflecting the fact that retinal pigment is already present. The beginnings of the eyelids and the fingers are also forming during the sixth week, the testes become identifiable at this time and some salivary glands appear. By the sixth to seventh weeks after conception, the heart is contracting forty to eighty times each minute.  The aorta is developing on the 36th day after conception, and all the muscle blocks have appeared. The feet and the thighs become distinct on the 37th day. Finger rays are visible on the 38th day, when the nose is also formed. The urinary bladder is developing on the 39th day, and on the 40th day, the forehead, nostrils, diaphragm and teeth are beginning to appear.

The penis begins to develop on about the 42nd day after conception, the same day that the beginnings of the toes are evident.  Both the eyes and ears are developing rapidly during the seventh week after conception. At this time, the thumbs, neck, heels of the feet and all of the fingers are also present.  Nipples and the first hair follicles appear on the 44th day after conception. On the 46th day, microscopic examination can identify the child’s sex because the ovaries and testes have differentiated.

The cheeks are visible on about the 47th day, when the knees are also developing. The vagina forms during the 36th to the 49th days, while the wrist is developing on about day 48. During the 49th to 51st days after conception, the arms are longer and bent at the elbows.  Taste buds begin to form during the eighth week after conception. All parts of the limbs are apparent at this time. In addition, the fingers and toes have lengthened and are completely separated.  On the 50th day after conception the eyes are heavily pigmented and the nose looks stubby. The ankles are present on the 54th day and the major blood vessels of the body take on their final scheme.  On the 56th day, the fingers of both hands are usually found close to the nose, the muscles of the stomach, esophagus, and intestines begin to proliferate, and the face appears quite human. All parts of the arms and legs are well developed, including the toes. The primary teeth are at the cap stage.

Please Note the Following! EVERY THING you have just read… has taken place PRIOR to the 8th week of pregnancy, even before the unborn human becomes a fetus!  This is not what the pro aborts will tell you about fetal development… that is for certain!)

By the end of the eighth week the overwhelming majority (several thousand) of the body’s organs, structures and systems have already begun to develop. Few, if any, new structures begin to form after this time. During the remainder of the pregnancy, development consists mainly of growth and maturation of the parts of the body that are already present.

Key changes that do occur past the eighth week, however, include the appearance of hair follicles on the eyebrows, eyelids, upper lip and chin at the end of the second month. In addition, fingernails and toenails begin to develop about the tenth week after conception and scattered rudiments of hair also form at this time. External genitalia start to appear at the end of this week which will indicate to the naked eye whether the child is a boy or a girl.  During the fourth month, fine palm lines have formed that can be used to permanently identify the child. Finger, palm and footprints are never duplicated among individuals.

For the website that posted this data check out the following link:

Former Fetus Now Pro-Choice (By Matthew Archbold)

Oh, too funny, too true!  You’ve GOT to read this!

Former Fetus Now Pro-Choice

A former fetus who was decidedly pro-life while in the womb announced today that he’s pro-choice, suspiciously just months after being born.

Now outside the womb, the baby who asked not to be named, said he realizes that sometimes difficult choices have to be made when it comes to giving life. He says he is still very much against the euthanasia of small children but added that he could change his mind about this later as an adult. He credited his change in perspective to “personal growth.”

“I believe that it is best for a child to not be born at all than to be born hated, to a mother who is forced to have him because she has no choice,” said the baby. “I believe reasonable people can all agree that we want all children to be wanted and loved. Abortion ensures this to be the case. It’s actually quite beautiful.”

He said that when he looks back on his time as a pro-life activist fetus he can’t even relate to himself. “I don’t even know who that person was…Well not that I was a person back then. I was a fetus…a “product of conception” or something like that. But I’m born now and I think I see the world a little clearer.”

He said the fetal community is unanimously pro-life but he said he’s spoken to other fetuses who were recently born and many are reconsidering their stand on the issue. “After you come out, abortion isn’t really that big a deal anymore. I think euthanasia, child abuse, and the lack of Chuck E Cheese’s are the issues of the day.”

He said he’d like to see all former fetuses not be made to feel like hypocrites just because they’re becoming more informed on many other issues and don’t agree that abortion trumps all other issues.

The baby said he sees overpopulation as a big issue. “Sometimes my mom puts me in front of CNN and I take it all in. I think that now that I’m born we really have to start working to reduce the population to save the planet. There’s a lot of problems outside the womb, man. A lot of problems. I think that inside the womb I had a distorted view of my own self importance. But now, since I’ve been born, I see that not every fetus is the end all and be all.”

He said all the effort that “pro-lifers” (and he put up the air quotes with his little baby digits) should be put into educating and entertaining the children that exist in the world right now. “Hey, the children are the future and I’m one of them so focus on me.”

 (Matthew Archbold: )

“Do You Have Any Concern For The Fetus’s Head You Are Crushing?” “No.”

It’s something we don’t like to talk about or think about (the pro abortion movement especially would rather we not address it) but sometimes we need to address the truth- as hard as it may be. 

Abortion on Trial – 2003

Judge Casey questioned Dr. Chasen about partial-birth abortion and fetal pain:

THE COURT: Does it hurt the baby?

THE WITNESS: I don’t know.

THE COURT: But you go ahead and do it anyway, is that right?

THE WITNESS: I am taking care of my patients, and in that process, yes, I

go ahead and do it.

THE COURT: Does that mean you take care of your patient and the baby be

damned, is that the approach you have?

THE WITNESS: These women who are having [abortions] at gestational

ages they are legally entitled to it—

THE COURT: I didn’t ask you that, Doctor. I asked you if you had any care

or concern for the fetus whose head you were crushing.



There you have it, “NO”- no conern for the baby’s head they are crushing!  Prior to this testimony the doctor was questioned about explaining the procedure to women and if the women know how they will dismember the fetus (D&E) or how they will do the partial birth abortion and suction on the baby’s brains after the baby is almost completely born.  The doctor admitted they don’t tell the women these details, because their “job” is to keep the women comfortable and happy… and telling the women that information would disturb the women.

Uhh…. Ya…..  What was their first clue?  Finding a doctor to perform these wouldn’t be impossible, with all the denial in the abortion industry… BUT what is unpalatable is the absence to information and the misrepresenting of information given to the women having the abortions.  THIS is the tragedy.  If they only knew HOW the abortionist was getting the baby out of their womb.  How they were dismembering the unborn baby, limb by limb.  How they were delivering the baby whole, and then using an instrument (or their fingers) to puncture the back of the baby’s skull so the baby’s head can be suctioned out or collapsed. 

If only the women really knew the truth of the grizzly abortion procedure.


“In the vast majority of cases, the procedure is performed on a healthy mother with a healthy fetus that is 20 weeks or more along. The abortion-rights folks know it, the anti-abortion folks know it, and so, probably, does everyone else.”
– Ron Fitzsimmons
Executive Director for the National
Coalition of Abortion Providers
The New York Times, February 26, 1997


Check out this link for the transcript of the trial:

Check out this link to see the images Dr. Haskel (inventor of the Partial Birth Abortion) uses to instruct other abortionists on how to do this procedure:

Check out this link to see the images the abortionists use to learn the D&E dismemberment abortion procedure:

The Lies of “Our Bodies, Our Selves”

I was looking at the popular Pro choice reference book “Our Bodies, Our Selves” by the Boston Woman’s Health Book Collective copyright 2005…  

I was alarmed to see that in Chapter 20, Reproductive Choices, on the section of Abortion there was not one word about what the women were choosing to abort.  First Trimester abortion… Nothing about the embryo or fetus.  Second Trimester abortion… again nothing about the fetus.  Just “it’s your choice“.  And of course they don’t mention Third Trimester abortion at all.   If I were a pro choice woman and found out people offered me information about a choice but they wrote an entire chapter on the “choice” but didn’t include even ONE word or image (a picture is worth a thousand words) of the “choice” I would make I would be outraged. 

Not offering any information about what abortion kills is one thing, but then on pg.399 I was even more shocked to see that they have 3 images of a 1st trimester abortion and the (cannula) suction tube showed to be inserted into an *EMPTY* amniotic sac into the woman’s uterus!   The uterus and amniotic sac inside the uterus were sized to accommodate a 11-12 week fetus… but shockingly they forgot to draw the little fetus inside the amniotic fluid!  This isn’t just a lack of information being presented… this is flat out lying. 

In the 3 images they depict the suction aspiration sucking up the amniotic fluid inside the amniotic sac… but no fetus!   That is absolutely unacceptable and pro choice women should be so ashamed that they are being so blatantly lied to.  The 11-12 week fetus at that time looks like this: .  The fact that they left the fetus out of the womb is an absolutely dirty, despicable, horrendous act.  They are lying to women, when they claim the “pro lifers” lie.

Then on page 401 they claim the abortion procedure (D&E) during the 2nd trimester abortion “allows the pregnancy tissue to pass“.  Pregnancy tissue? HAH!  Really, women of America, you have to expect MORE than that.  Is that okay with you, as a “pro choice” woman?  To be misled, lied to and dumbed down major information?  The pro choice movement leaders don’t think you can handle the truth, do they?  And you follow this movement?  Stand up and find out the truth and EXPECT the truth!  If you believe in killing fetuses who are worthless blobs of tissue, at least be honest about that and find out about that fetus. 

To the authors of this book and the pro-choice movement I would inquire this…if it’s not the big deal you claim it not to be (aborting worthless fetuses), then go ahead and give women the information they deserve to make a TRUE choice!  Women can’t make a REAL CHOICE, UNLESS THEY HAVE ALL THE FACTS.  What do you have to hide?   They say “ignorance is bliss”… but it’s also deadly.

One more note on this “book”… on the following chapter (21) Pregnancy… I could not find ONE WORD or image of the unborn baby’s growth in the womb.  The entire chapter “forgets” to mention anything about the baby, only the woman’s leg cramps and food cravings, etc.  How can you compose a chapter of a book on Pregnancy and neglect to add even one piece of information on the unborn baby?  Mind blowing, mind numbing. 

It’s no wonder to me they leave out VITAL information like this.  If they were to include information about the fetus I can’t imagine how many women would opt out of that “choice” (of course there are those women who just don’t give a damn how developed it is, it’s their parasite, their property) but (and this is an important ‘but’ because it could save many lives) there are a good number of women who KNOW it’s not their right to kill a human being who so clearly looks just like a human being, so developed- so soon.  

One things for sure, prochoicers should decide to be more knowledgeable than the author’s of “Our Bodies, Our Selves” gives them credit for. is…

DISCLAIMERS: is NOT a politically correct, “make all sides feel good” site.  This is a site and blog to spark insights and get people motivated to speak up and take action!   Again, I am not writing this to be agreeable to all sides… I am writing this blog and have a website to tell the TRUTH, as hard and as “unpolitically” correct as it may sound!  So, if you don’t like what I write, DON’T log in and read it OR log in and read it and write a response… as long as it is respectful of our views.

Now to the important stuff…  Why have a blog and website called Fetal Facts?  I’ve come up with many good reasons, here are a few of them:

The first is that I have found it is the cornerstone to a solid antiabortion message.  The proaborts DON’T want to hear about or (God for bid) see a picture of a developing fetus!  If you listen to them they will tell you it has NOTHING to do with the fetus, it’s all about “women’s rights”.  (Gasp!)  This is ludicrous and those of us against abortion need to start speaking up about the stupidity of saying that abortion (the killing of a developing human fetus) has NOTHING to do with the fetus or the fetus’s right to live!

Secondly, many pro-abortion people (or semi pro-abortion people) have a strange idea about what a fetus is (and what it looks like and how it behaves in utero).  This is getting old, really old- really fast.  If I hear another pro-choicer tell me it’s a “blob of tissue” again I will scream!!!  It isn’t.  So, Pro choicer’s out there… GET EDUCATED and DO SOME RESEARCH ON FETAL DEVELOPMENT!  I know the ultrasound wasn’t developed until the mid 1970’s (Oddly enough around the time Roe v. Wade occured) but come on, it’s been a good 30 years and it’s time to get up to date!

And lastly… The beautiful, amazing, tender, sweet fetus… it’s about time we pro lifers TOOK BACK THE WORD FETUS!   We need to re-claim the word, then the thoughts about it, then the lives the word represents.  Several thousand beautiful, amazing, tender, sweet fetuses are taken from us each day.


THE…..  Beautiful,





no more: clumps of cells or pregnancy tissue or  contents of your uterusenough lies.

So there you have it… a reason to have a blog entitiled “Fetal Facts”.

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