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Miscarried at 15 weeks, Rylan ‘was a perfectly formed little baby’

Baby Rylan, miscarried at 15 weeks

Miscarriage can be one of the most difficult things for a parent to have to endure, and it’s even harder the further along in the pregnancy the baby has come. For many parents, losing their preborn child causes grief — as the loss causes them to realize that the child in the womb is, in fact, a human being — and anger, as they realize also that ending lives in the womb through elective abortion is legal. The humanity of miscarried children completely disproves the common claim from abortion advocates that preborn babies are nothing more than “clumps of tissue” or “products of conception.”

Mom Melissa Faulkiner recently spoke out on Facebook about her experience with a late miscarriage. Her son, Rylan, was born at 15 weeks at the beginning of the month, and she and her husband wanted to honor his life. “One thing we learned through this whole process is that if you reach 16 weeks gestation, the baby needs a death certificate, and you have to make funeral/cremation arrangements,” she wrote. “Rylan was only 15 weeks so we didn’t have to make arrangements, however, we chose to because we didn’t want him to just be tossed in the trash, so we had him cremated.”


She also explained how the process encouraged her to try to save the lives of other preborn babies.

What I don’t understand is if you need a death certificate and funeral arrangements at 16 weeks, then how is it ok to abort these precious babies way past 16 weeks??? I am hesitant to share any of Rylan’s pictures on here, but I figured if we can change one persons mind from having an abortion, then Rylan’s life served a great purpose. He wasn’t just cells or tissue. He was a perfectly formed little baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes, beautiful eyes, a nose, and a precious little body. If you or someone you know is considering abortion, feel free to ask me to see his pictures. I’m 100% sure it will change your mind. There are other alternatives to abortion.

Accompanying her words was a single photo of Rylan’s tiny hand, small but perfectly formed.

Abortion is legal in most states at 15 weeks, and the most common abortion procedure committed at that gestation is a dilation and evacuation, or D&E, abortion. This is a multi-day procedure, which begins with the abortionist dilating the woman’s cervix using laminaria. After a day or two, the woman returns to the abortion facility, and the abortionist first uses a suction catheter to drain her uterus of amniotic fluid, and then uses a sopher clamp to tear the preborn baby apart, limb by limb — while the child is still alive. Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino explains the procedure in the following video:

There is increasing evidence that shows preborn babies could feel pain at this point in the pregnancy, and possibly as early as eight weeks. But what is indisputable is the humanity of the preborn — and their lives should be protected. They should not be sentenced to death simply because they are vulnerable and inconvenient.

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