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Meet ‘Baby Olivia’: Live Action releases groundbreaking project showcasing fetal development

Olivia

From a single-celled human to a human with a beating heart, brain waves, fingers, and toes, the miracle of human life developing in the womb is portrayed in stunning detail like never before in Live Action’s newly-released video, “Baby Olivia.”

Created by Live Action with the support of world class visual artists along with medical experts including accredited OB-GYNs, “Baby Olivia” is the world’s most realistic and medically accurate animated representation of a child developing in her mother’s womb. The computer-generated 3D animation uses motion capture technology of real human movement, allowing this video to reveal the undeniable humanity of preborn children.

In the video, we see Olivia’s journey from her very beginning at the moment of fertilization, and follow along to her first heartbeat 22 days later. We see her bouncing around in the womb at 11 weeks — before her mother can even feel her movements! — and responding to light at 27 weeks. Then, we see her preparing for birth, after which she will gain a whole new set of experiences in the world outside the womb. 

 

“Baby Olivia” features facts on human development gathered from the detailed database at The Endowment for Human Development, a bioethically neutral nonprofit organization with a mission of improving health science education and public health.

The “Baby Olivia” project was reviewed and authenticated by multiple medical experts, including Dr. David Bolender, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin; Dr. Donna Harrison (AAPLOG); Dr. Tara Sander Lee (Charlotte Lozier); Dr. Katrina Furth (Charlotte Lozier); Michelle Cretella, MD, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians; and Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), Senior VP Bioethics and Public Policy.

From cute hiccups to strong kicks, and from her sweet yawns to her playful curiosity, Olivia reveals the truth about human development in the womb that was once hidden from view. 

Baby Olivia, Week 6 (from fertilization)

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose said of this groundbreaking video, “… As a pregnant woman myself, I know the power of seeing your child on ultrasound, and I wanted to bring to life this little person developing rapidly each week! Baby Olivia gives the world a peek inside the womb never seen before. We worked with a team of amazing animators to beautifully document the details of preborn life, including heartbeat, fingernails, eyelashes, and even hiccups. As we prepare for the Supreme Court to hear a case that reconsiders Roe v. Wade’s wildly unjust legalization of abortion, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, our team is working to make sure Olivia is seen across the globe and by parents, leaders and legislators everywhere. We know that baby Olivia is at the core of the abortion debate: will we defend her? Will we defend her constitutionally protected right to life? Baby Olivia should be shown to anyone considering abortion–in schools, at pregnancy resource centers, at churches, and in sidewalk advocacy. We can’t wait to see the impact Olivia makes.” 

Read more about Baby Olivia at: babyolivia.liveaction.org

Visit our Help page if you are pregnant, have had an abortion, are an abortion worker, have taken the abortion pill, or are interested in information on adoption.

What Others Are Saying:

“Human dignity and value extends from conception to the grave. Preborn children and their mothers deserve to be loved and protected. Olivia is all of us.”

Ben and Kirsten Watson, Executive Producers, “Divided Hearts of America”

“Olivia is a spectacular and medically accurate portrayal of the development of a baby girl within the womb. It is based on information from the Endowment for Human Development, a highly respected scientific source on embryology and fetal development. Olivia draws back the curtain on the womb giving us a realistic glimpse of the baby within. As a retired Ob/Gyn, I wish this had been available for my patients. As a former abortionist, I would recommend this video to any woman contemplating abortion if she wants to be informed about what is happening inside her body before finalizing her decision.”

 Kathi A. Aultman, MD, FACOG

Olivia is the beautiful story – based on the latest scientific research – of a child’s beginnings in her mother’s womb, from conception until birth. The attention to detail and scientific accuracy of the developing child are astounding. Sharing this life journey should open the eyes of anyone who doubts that preborn babies are real human beings, just like you and me.” 

– The Charlotte Lozier Institute

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