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Did You Know? 2004

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bullet (12/21/04) “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary…the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’” 

Source: Luke 1:26-27, 30-33. (NIV)

bullet (12/14/04) 85% to 95% of babies are born somewhere between 266 and 294 days. By this time the infant normally weighs six to nine pounds and the heart is pumping 300 gallons of blood per day. The child is fully capable of life outside the womb.

Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990. 

bullet (12/07/04) “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Source: Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

bullet (11/30/04) “History shows us that the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, came by way of the mother’s womb. Even then there was an attempt on his life. He was able to escape, which allowed mankind to be saved from destruction.” 

Source: “Abortion: Black Genocide!” by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, 12/5/2003.

bullet (11/16/04) “New warnings will be placed on packages containing the dangerous abortion drug RU-486 following the death of a California teenager last year. The new warning labels required by the FDA will highlight how infections can bring about the death of a woman using the abortion drug.”

Source: “Dangerous RU 486 Abortion Drug Gets Safety Warnings After Teen’s Death,” by Steven Ertelt, 11/15/2004,


(11/9/04) “A nationwide scientific poll conducted by the polling firm Wirthlin Worldwide shows that a significant majority of Americans believe that abortion is ‘almost always bad’ for women—even when they know a woman who has had an abortion.”

Source: “Poll: Majority Believe Abortion ‘Almost Always Bad,’” October 28, 2004,


(11/2/04) In the brief span of two months, the baby grows from a single cell at conception to a tiny human with all organs present and functioning.

Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure. Published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001

bullet (10/26/04) “Eve Sanchez Silver,  ... a medical analyst for [the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation], resigned when she found out the charity had given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. According to former Komen public relations director Kristin Kelly, Komen affiliates awarded $38.4 million in grants to support community outreach programs in 2003. That figure includes 21 grants to local Planned Parenthood abortion businesses totaling more than $475,000. …. Sanchez Silver says that women deserve to know the recent research showing a link exists and that women who have induced abortions are at greater risk for contracting breast cancer than women who carry the pregnancy to term.”

Source: “Komen Breast Cancer Group Scandal Over Abortion Donations Hits Home,” , October 24, 2004

bullet (10/19/04) “The United Methodist Church is a Christian community that … willingly and regularly engages the issues of the day in the public arena. Throughout its history, American Methodism has generously given attention, energy, and resources to public ministry to promote one, overarching social principle: respect for the human dignity and natural rights of ‘the least of these’ (Matthew 25). …. Today the unborn child is the most threatened member of the human community. …. Like no other domestic problem, abortion is an exercise of raw power against the weakest. As the 2004 elections draw near, United Methodists of all political persuasions will be encouraged to vote. …. Only those candidates who favor increasing protection of the unborn child and mother, only those candidates who favor building a culture of life, deserve the votes of United Methodists and others. …. After all, elections should advance public justice, human dignity, and natural rights—not the opposite.”

Source: “United Methodists Connect Pro-Life and Public Service.” Part of the media packet released to the media in a News Release, September 23, 2004.

bullet (10/12/04) The child’s sex is determined at the moment of conception and is determined by the X or Y chromosome contributed by the father’s sperm. (An X chromosome from the father produces a girl; a Y chromosome produces a boy.)

Source: A Child is Born, published by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, New York, NY. c.1966; Eighth Printing 1980, page 37.


(10/5/04) “America For Jesus, a national, interdenominational coalition of Christian ministries and churches, is sponsoring seven days of prayer, fasting, and repentance for the sins of our nation and fellow Americans from October 18-24, 2004.  …. Those who have been involved in abortion are particularly encouraged to attend on October 21st and 22nd. …. Women who have had abortions—as well as others who have been involved in an abortion—who would like to participate in a special way in this event are invited [to] come [to the] Tent of Meeting and Prayer that will be erected on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., particularly on the 21st and the 22nd.”

Source: Press Release. For more information, visit or
bullet (09/29/04) “When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged.”

Source: statement by Susan B. Anthony.  “Real Feminists are Pro-Life,” by Connie Roland Alt and Judy Fetters, Good News, July/August 1994, p. 22.

bullet (09/22/04) 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.

 Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.

bullet (09/15/04) “In a surprising development, international abortion advocates have admitted that using misoprostol as an abortion drug is dangerous for women. The group came under fire … for encouraging women to misuse the ulcer drug as an impromptu abortion pill. …. Women on Waves (WOW) admitted that the makeshift abortion drug could fail as much as 10 percent of the time, leaving women in dangerous medical situations. …. ’There is a risk of heavy bleeding for which a woman will have to be treated by a doctor, ’WOW said on its web site. …. …misoprostol is the second part of the two-part RU-486 abortion drug….”

Source: “Abortion Advocates Admit Impromptu Abortion Drug Dangerous for Women,” by Steven Ertelt,, Sept.8, 2004.



(09/08/04) If the baby were born during the 6th month of pregnancy and given special care, the child could survive.

Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy” brochure. published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994.


(09/01/04) “Who believes that abortion is something other than killing? I think we are guilty of not trusting the American people to be with us if we openly discuss every aspect…. Any pretense that abortion is not killing is a signal of our ambivalence….”

Source: Faye Wattleton, former Planned Parenthood president


(08/25/04) A Pace University/Rock the Vote poll of first-time voters released July 26, 2004 found that “the overwhelming plurality of first-time voters (41%) report that abortion should be legal only in the most extreme cases, such as to save the life of the mother, rape, or incest. Another 13% say abortion should be outlawed entirely. Twenty-one percent of voters entering the rolls feel that abortion should be legal and generally available, while 23% believe that regulation of abortion is necessary, but that abortion should remain legal in many circumstances. Adding these percentages, one could conclude that 44% of first-time voters are pro-choice and 54% are pro-life.”

Source: “First-Time Voters: You Never Forget Your First Presidential Election,” A Pace University Poll/Rock the Vote Survey Research Study, by Jonathan Trichter and Chris Paige, July 26, 2004.



(08/18/04) The average duration of a pregnancy is 280 days, calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period.

Source: A Child is Born, published by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, New York, NY. c.1966; Eighth Printing 1980, p.75.


(08/9/04) “Dr. D.G. McKay, a stem cell researcher at the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, has called the promises of miracle cures from embryonic stem cells a “fairy tale.”  Others … say that the use of adult stem cells have shown far greater progress – already curing some diseases and lessening the effects of others. No patients have yet shown any benefits as a result of the use of embryonic stem cells.”

Source: “First Lady Calls John Kerry’s Stem Cell Research Claims ‘Ridiculous,’ ” Steven Ertelt, Editor, , August 9, 2004.

(08/03/04) On its “Nurturing Community” page, under the heading of “Human Sexuality,” the General Board of Church and Society website has a direct link to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). 

Source: General Board of Church and Society website ( ) – Nurturing Community – Human Sexuality – Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

(07/27/04) Fetal Development Fact: At 11 weeks after conception, the baby can wrinkle his/her forehead, turn his/her head, and open and close his/her lips.

Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure. published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001


(07/20/04) “To find out that you are pregnant when you didn’t plan to be is a big thing. You are faced with an intense choice, possibly the most significant choice a human being can face: have a child or have an abortion. There is no compromise, no trial period, no thinking time. Either way your life will dramatically change. You need all the support and knowledge you can get. There is no turning back if you get it wrong. You have to live with it for the rest of your life. It is beyond me why pro-choice organizations would be against women being able to make informed decisions.”

Source: Ginger Ekselman, “A chance, perhaps, to heal long after a mother’s traumatic choice,” Sydney Morning Herald online, 7/19/04.

(07/13/04) “When it comes to key issues that affect teens … several recent surveys found that they are much more likely than their parents to hold conservative viewpoints. 

“The first poll, conducted by the Gallup Organization in late August, revealed that 32% of kids 13 to 17 said abortion should be banned completely, compared to just 26% of adults. …. 

“In mid-December, another survey conducted by International Communications Research on behalf of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTC) showed that teens are a lot less likely to be sexually active than most people believe: Out of 1,000 kids between the ages of 12 and 19, 84% said they should be taught to wait until they’re married to have children; 74% don’t believe virginity is embarrassing; and 45% said their parents influence their decisions about sex more than friends or other people.” 

Source: “Today’s teens conservative on key issues,” Citizen Magazine, March 2004, p.9.

bullet (07/06/04) A new study published in June in the “American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse” strengthens the case for a causal connection between abortion and substance abuse.

This was the first medical study which compared women with unintended pregnancies who had abortions to women who carried unintended pregnancies to term. According to the study, women who had abortions had higher subsequent substance use rates than both women who had never been pregnant and women who carried their unintended pregnancies to term.

Lead author David Reardon said, “These new findings … show that a history of unintended pregnancy alone is not linked to higher rates of substance use. The link only appears when the unintended pregnancy is aborted.”

Source: Elliot Institute, “Abortion or Birth of Unintended Pregnancy Affects Subsequent Substance Abuse: New Study,” June 21.2004.
bullet (6/29/04) Fetal Development: Tongue movements begin during the ninth week after conception.  Yawning starts from the middle of the ninth week to the middle of the thirteenth week. 

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.



(6/15/04) “Between the time the human being begins as a single fertilized cell to the time it becomes an adult (from fusion to maturity), 45 generations of cell division occur, 41 of which occur before birth.”

Source: John Stott, Decisive Issues Facing Christians Today, Grand Rapids, Mi: Fleming H. Revell, 1990, p. 318.


bullet (6/8/04) “Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a ‘right’ so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled. ….

“We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of all human life. ….

“I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives—the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn. ….

“My administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

Source: Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, Human Life Review, Spring 1983.

bullet (6/1/04) “It was striking how frequently women … said, ‘If I’d only had one other person to stand by me…’  They weren’t asking for magic solutions. They were asking for a friend.”

Source: Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices :Offering Practical, Life-Affirming Alternatives to Abortion, c.1994, Questar Publishers, Inc., Sisters, OR, p.21.

bullet (5/26/04) A recent new Zogby poll, conducted April 15-17, 2004, found that 56% of Americans feel that tighter restrictions should be imposed on abortion.  Eighteen percent said abortion should never be legal, 15% said it should be legal only when the life of the mother is in danger, and 23% said it should be allowed if the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. Fully 74% of Americans are against taxpayer funding of abortion. 

Source: “Poll Reveals Americans don’t want to Pay for Abortion,” LifeSite Daily News, April 30, 2004. (

bullet (5/19/04) At 11 weeks after conception, the baby is about 2-1/2 inches long and weighs about ½ ounce. By the time a woman’s pregnancy "shows," the baby is fully formed. All that is necessary now is time to grow and mature in preparation for birth.

Source: "What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life" brochure. published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001

bullet (5/12/04) The United Methodist Church's General Conference ended May 7.  While most of the petitions which interested Lifewatch failed, one resolution of note passed. 

Resolution #40860
Ministry to those who regret a past abortion, urges "pastors to become informed about the symptoms and behaviors associated with post-abortion stress, and ... encourage[s] local churches to make available contact information for counseling agencies that offer programs to address post-abortion stress for all seeking help." 

Anyone interested in gathering information for pastors in their annual conference should contact the Lifewatch office for suggestions in getting started.

There is also a similar item, #40857, which will be added to the Book of Discipline.

bullet (4/20/04) The United Methodist Church holds its quadrennial General Conference April 27-May 7 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  During General Conference, UMC official policy for the next four years will be determined. Lifewatch will be present to inform delegates and monitor votes related to abortion and life. Your prayers are appreciated.
bullet (4/13/04) At one month old, the embryo is 10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg–and developing rapidly. The placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps the mother’s blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass through to the baby.
Source: "The First Nine Months" brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
bullet (4/06/04) The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that while 56% of all women who obtained legal abortions were white, the abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 per year) for black women was 2.9 times that of white women. For every thousand black women, 32 have abortions, as compared with 11 for every thousand white women.

Source: "Black Americans and Abortion: The Real Racial Disparity," National Review, 1/31/2003
bullet (3/30/04) The abortion drug RU-486 requires three doctor visits and costs about $550, according to pro-abortion activists.
Source: "Drug bust," World Magazine, 10/13/2001, p.40
(3/23/04) Blood vessels begin to form about 13-18 days after fertilization. On about the 20th day, the foundation of the brain, the spinal cord, and the entire nervous system is established.

Source: "Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan.

bullet (3/16/04) "If it’s [abortion] such a good idea, why is it shrouded in secrecy?"
Jennifer O’Neill, actress, Cover Girl Model, and spokesperson for Silent No More Campaign
bullet (3/9/04) In a November Gallup poll, 72 % of American teenagers agreed that abortion is morally wrong. One-third said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, compared with 17% of adults. Forty-seven percent said abortion should be legal only under certain circumstances, while 55% of adults believe that.

Source: "Growing their Own," World Magazine, 1/17/2004, p.31
bullet (3/2/04) In the brief span of two months, the baby grows from a single cell at conception to a tiny human with all organs present and functioning.

Source: "What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life" brochure. published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001
bullet (2/24/04) The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a request from the woman formerly known as "Jane Roe" to reconsider the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Norma McCorvey is seeking to have the decision overturned, citing what she says is more than 30 years of evidence that abortions are psychologically harmful to women. A decision by the federal appeals court is expected in early March.

Sources: "Court to Consider Roe v. Wade Reopen Request," AP, 2/20/04; "Appeals Court Will Hear Pro-Life Case to Overturn Roe Abortion Decision,", 2/19/04
bullet On day one of a woman’s pregnancy, the fertilized egg contains the plans for every detail of human development, including the child’s sex, hair and eye color, and height.

Source: "Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy" brochure. published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994.

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