Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (Democrat, District 10) has been labeled a modern day hero by the media, after she successfully filibustered a bill that would have banned abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy in the state of Texas. Lost in the debate, however, is the status of the person in question: a 20-week-old unborn child.
Davis and her supporters do not address the unborn in their political debate, focusing instead on their own demands that their voice is heard. However, an educational video showing the characteristics of a 20-week-old baby is available online, and is featured below. The video was created by BabyCenter.com, the internet’s most popular pregnancy and parenting website.
BabyCenter.com has a series of videos that tracks the development of an unborn child throughout pregnancy. It is owned by Johnson & Johnson and has over 30 doctors and medical professionals on an advisory board that oversees all information used on the site.
According to the video, a 20-week-old baby measures “about 10 inches from head to heel (about the length of a banana)” and weighs about ten ounces. Its nervous system is rapidly maturing, and nerve endings are “connecting his brain to the rest of his body – traveling from the brain through the brainstem and down the spine, and beginning to extend into his torso and limbs.”
The baby’s skeleton is hardening from cartilage to bone, sensory development in the brain is quickly developing, including smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. This confirms the contention by supporters of Texas Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) that 20-week-old babies feel pain.
The video also says “at this stage, your baby may be able to hear your heartbeat and voice, so read aloud or sing a happy tune. Your baby may even be sucking his thumb now.” The video also confirms that at 18 weeks, mothers will be able to feel the baby move.
In 2010, a baby born at 21 weeks became the youngest child to survive a premature birth. Texas Governor Rick Perry has called another special session to make another attempt to pass SB 5.
Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog WhenLiberalsAttack.com. His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at email@example.com. Click here to receive a weekly email update from WhenLiberalsAttack.com. To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SIGN UP or SUBSCRIBE button at the top of this page.