But, but, how can this be?
Aren’t we told by the
pro-choice pro-aborts that the unborn are not human persons but mere inert lumps of the woman’s body tissue, akin to toenails?
Sarah Knapton reports for The Telegraph, June 8, 2017, that new research by scientists at Lancaster University, published in the journal Current Biology, found that unborn babies in their mothers’ wombs not only can distinguish between human faces and other shapes, but display an attraction to and preference for human faces.
The researchers shone dots of light through the uterus wall of 39 expectant mothers who were 34 weeks (8 months) pregnant:
- When the dots of light were arranged to look like the eyes and mouth of a human face, the babies turned their heads to look at it.
- When the dots of light were arranged as a random shape or to make the face look upside down and so harder to recognize as a human face, the unborn babies did not react.
The finding suggests that the instinct to recognize facial features develops before a baby, after birth, has actually seen a face for the first time. The research also shows that, by 8 months old, an unborn baby’s senses are already well developed and parents should begin interacting with their child while he/she is still in the womb.
Professor Vincent Reid, a psychologist at Lancaster University who led the research, said:
“We know from babies that they prefer to look at faces more than any other stimulus. We have now shown that the foetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes. The foetus in the third trimester actively seeks out information. In our study they had to move their head to keep looking at the face-like stimulus when we moved it away from them. So they are active participants in finding information from the environment. What this means is that other ways of interacting with the fetus can be considered. The foetus in the third trimester can hear very well. I would encourage expecting parents to read books out loud to each other. This can help with bonding and could be beneficial.”
Professor Reid said the research finding suggests unborn babies are already hardwired to recognize human faces and that “It is possible that the maternal rib cage could introduce variation in light penetrating the womb and this may be enough visual information to create this bias” for faces.
But Dr. Reid warned that expecting mothers should avoid shining bright lights through their abdomen in case they damage their unborn child’s eyes.
Just remember that Barack & “Michael” Michelle Obama, as well as Hillary Clinton, all favor women’s unrestricted access to abortion, including legally-sanctioned late-term abortions, i.e., the murder of unborn babies in their third trimester, up to 9 months old.