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Voice: On anniversary of Roe v. Wade, grateful she wasn't

January 22, 2002

When does life begin? Some of us may think that it starts at birth, while others may say that it starts at conception. This argument has been going on ever since abortion was made available in this country.

On Jan. 22, 1973, abortion was legalized in the United States. I know a young lady who was born that day. She is now 29 years old. She and I keep in touch at least once a month. One day as we were talking, she shared how thankful and fortunate she was that she was not aborted. I later shared with her how thankful I am to have been given birth and adopted.

So when does life begin? I believe that life begins at conception. Imagine the span of a nine-month pregnancy. Twenty-five days after conception the baby's heart begins to beat. The brain, kidneys and liver begin to form. Within 26 days the arm buds appear. In 28 days the leg buds appear. By the third month features begin to develop on the face: eyelids, nose, ears, lips and a tongue. The arms have hands with fingers, soft nail beds and fingertips. The legs have knees, ankles and toes. Within three months we have a full developed human being.

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During the fourth through ninth month, the baby inside the womb can move around, kick, sleeps, wakes and can hear noises. The precious life continues to grow bigger and stronger until the baby's due date.

If we study the facts carefully we will learn life starts at conception and not at birth. We can know for a fact that it is God who gives us life. We find this in Jeremiah 1:5 where it says; "Before I formed thee in the belly I know thee."

On the 29th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade I am thankful that I was given life and not aborted. I give thanks to God that I was adopted and not killed by abortion. I can say without any regrets "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14)."

MARY RYAN

El Centro

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