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The Smiling Unborn Child (Music in Utero)
Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Charles Colson

Posted on 07/13/2009 5:35:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

In 1984, a video called The Silent Scream helped change the way people think about the unborn child. The footage of an actual abortion and the fetus’s reaction reminded us that abortion involves the death of a real person.

A recent bit of footage has similar potential, only it couldn’t be more different from The Silent Scream.

The footage was part of a recent PBS special, The Music Instinct: Science & Song. The program was an exploration of, among other things, music’s “biological, emotional and psychological impact on humans.”

Part of this “exploration” included how music affects babies. If we are, as some scientists believe, “wired for music,” then babies are ideal test subjects since their reactions are, by definition, instinctual.

Part of this research involved the effect of music on fetuses. While we knew that mothers often sing to their unborn children, we weren’t sure that the unborn child could hear them.

We are now. A segment of The Music Instinct featured Sheila C. Woodward of the University of Southern California, who has studied fetal responses to music. A camera and a microphone designed for underwater use were inserted into the uterus of a pregnant woman. And then Woodward sang.

The hydrophone picked up two sounds: the “whooshing” of the uterine artery and the unmistakable sound of a woman singing a lullaby.

Then something extraordinary happened. Upon hearing the woman’s voice, the unborn child smiled.

It was one of those moments that makes you catch your breath. The full humanity of the fetus could not have been clearer if he had turned to the camera and winked.

Apparently, fetal responses to music aren’t limited to smiling. They have been observed moving their hands in response to music, almost as if conducting. They have been soothed by Vivaldi and disturbed by loud tracks from Beethoven. They have even responded “rhythmically to rhythms tapped on [their] mother’s belly.”

Perhaps understandably, the connection between fetal responses to music and abortion weren’t mentioned in the show. What is not so understandable is that the program’s website contains no mention of Woodward and her findings. It’s as if someone realized the implications and hoped nobody would notice.

I don’t think that there’s some kind of conspiracy afoot. I just think that the PBS people’s worldview won’t allow them to make the obvious connection. Abortion on demand is only possible if people minimize the similarities between the fetus and us.

That kind of denial is hard work because what we have learned in the past 25 years makes any denial of the fetus’ humanity absurd. So instead of looking at the evidence, many people don’t see it. Call it “worldview-induced blindness.”

In other words, they have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear.

Humans, we are told, are a “musical species” whose brain devotes more to the appreciation of music than even the processing of language. That makes someone who smiles and moves his hands in response to music undeniably human, whether we notice it or not.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; prochoice; prolife; unborn
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1 posted on 07/13/2009 5:35:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish I could see the footage of the fetus smiling.
Where does it exist?


2 posted on 07/13/2009 5:38:59 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: SeekAndFind

I had a prolife psychology teacher. She had mentioned this before. Music can have a great effect on developing children in the womb.


3 posted on 07/13/2009 5:39:22 PM PDT by benjibrowder (For Neda. May God bless those fighting for freedom.)
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To: wagglebee

ping


4 posted on 07/13/2009 5:39:53 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: benjibrowder; supremedoctrine
To clarify, I'm prolife.

Supreme, you asked for a photo. Here is one.


5 posted on 07/13/2009 5:41:46 PM PDT by benjibrowder (For Neda. May God bless those fighting for freedom.)
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To: SeekAndFind
No link to the video but here is an older pic:


6 posted on 07/13/2009 5:42:33 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 07/13/2009 5:44:38 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: SeekAndFind

The Silent Scream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THS2zZ4m260


8 posted on 07/13/2009 5:45:27 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: benjibrowder
Music can have a great effect on developing children in the womb.

1) Obama says that whether this is a child or not is a question that is above his paygrade.

2) Since it is above his paygrade, he'd rather not play it safe and allow the child, even AFTER it survives an abortion, to die.

3) Most Americans voted for him and a lot of them voted for him KNOWING that he supports this policy.

What does this tell us regarding the kind of people we've become?
9 posted on 07/13/2009 5:45:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to throw cold water, but babies don’t smile about anything until they are 8-12 weeks old. They might make a smile like face when they have gas. As sweet as it is to imagine, I don’t think a baby is more apt to smile because it is pleased before birth than in the two months after birth.

I could be wrong. It happens.


10 posted on 07/13/2009 5:47:14 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (The first amendment doesn't end with "...as long as nobody is offended.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Smiling 27-Week Fetus — Eyes produce tears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipV4OYnlMDA


11 posted on 07/13/2009 5:47:37 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: supremedoctrine

Baby’s First Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIgqmpXX0OI


12 posted on 07/13/2009 5:50:07 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: TN4Liberty

So, is your point that if you were to take a fetus and slowly start crushing its feet, then removing its legs, then its arms, and then crush its body before finally crushing its head, it would feel no pain?


13 posted on 07/13/2009 5:50:24 PM PDT by Paloma_55 (I may be a hateful bigot, but I still love you)
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To: Paloma_55; TN4Liberty

Paloma, that is NOT what TN said or implied......


14 posted on 07/13/2009 5:52:16 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: FTJM

I am not trying to agumentive,but i came to the thread to see a smiling fetus..
Maybe a link with a warning,would be nice?


15 posted on 07/13/2009 5:55:54 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Only dead fish go with the flow...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Here's the website to the PBS series referenced.

If there's a video clip of this segment, they've hidden it well. I see several references to fetus' being able to hear, but no reference to the smile...

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/musicinstinct/

(Forgot the HTML tag to get a live link. Sorry!)

16 posted on 07/13/2009 5:56:08 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: GSP.FAN
Thank you!

Warnings are always appreciated!

17 posted on 07/13/2009 5:57:09 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: TN4Liberty
There are many babies who smile earlier than 2 months (and it's not just gas. :).

Also consider this possibility - according to this documentary, they have been seen moving to music as well, which they would not be able to do after birth for a number of months. It's possible that in their watery environment it's easier to move and respond and they have to adapt to the air after birth.

Just some thoughts....

18 posted on 07/13/2009 6:00:59 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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19 posted on 07/13/2009 6:31:26 PM PDT by hout8475
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To: FTJM

Yeah please, link and a warning buddy. That kind of stuff is very hard to look at. I can’t stand to see kids hurt.


20 posted on 07/13/2009 6:32:55 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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