Human Interest

New report highlights humanity of a preborn child at 15 weeks

abortion, Baby Olivia, Florida

A new report released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute is highlighting just how far science has come in understanding what takes place as a child grows in the womb. Titled, “15 Facts at 15 Weeks,” the report offers a look at the complexity and humanity of the 15-week preborn child. It’s especially timely given the Supreme Court’s upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which will determine whether or not the state of Mississippi can prohibit abortions after 15 weeks gestation.

The report is written by Katrina Furth, Ph.D., a Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar who earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University. It offers astounding clarity on exactly how developed preborn children are by just 15 weeks, discussing in great detail all of the developmental milestones. Some of the amazing facts include:

  • All of the child’s major organs are grown, and most are functional
  • The baby’s heart has already beat nearly 16 million times and it is pumping 26 quarts of blood per day
  • The baby has a preference for sucking his right or left thumb, and some doctors can even determine whether or not he will be right-handed or left-handed
  • He responds to taste according to the food his mother eats
  • His body responds to both touch and pain
  • The 15-week preborn baby girl will already have most of the eggs she will ever produce



In a press release, Dr. Furth commented on the importance of the study.

If you follow the science, it’s clear that unborn children at 15 weeks’ gestation are already amazingly complex human beings. It is interesting to note that in prenatal surgeries, the fetus is anesthetized separately from the mom to create the best outcomes. These preborn babies show preferences independent from their mothers and have goal-directed behaviors. To say these amazing, tiny baby girls and boys don’t deserve the same human rights as you and I is to deny the clear evidence of science.

READ: What does an abortion look like at 15 weeks gestation?

Charlotte Lozier Institute’s President, Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, stressed how important these scientific findings are in light of the upcoming Dobbs case:

Science affirms what our Founding Fathers once declared.  All humans are created equal.  How can you follow the science of a 15-week preborn baby already being left-handed, with a heart that’s beat nearly 16 million times, and still fight to deny this little boy or little girl all of their unalienable rights?  Why does the abortion industry assume the right to play God?

The Supreme Court must base its decision not on personal preference, but on facts as demonstrated through science, which is why the Charlotte Lozier Institute urges everyone interested in the Dobbs case – including lawmakers, members of the media, and ordinary Americans on both sides of the debate – to read this new scientific, evidence-based report and be equipped with the facts on human life at 15 weeks’ gestation.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the Dobbs case this fall, with a decision likely to come in the spring of 2022.

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