Skip to comments.Famed photographer Michael Clancy, the earliest human encounter, and the cover-up
Posted on 05/04/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by wagglebee
I didnt really want kids, says Michael Clancy. A terrible, abusive childhood left him with no desire to have children of his own. And when it came to the subject of aborting children in the womb, he sat on the sidelines, believing that it was a womans issue. I thought that as a man, it wasnt my fight! he said. That was until he witnessed the extraordinary event that happened 12 years ago: the event that changed his life forever.
Last week, Clancy was the keynote speaker at the Knights of Columbus Michigan Council and Michigan Right to Lifes 34th Respect Life Dinner in Livonia, Michigan. He shared his amazing story and the controversy surrounding him since the day he found himself in just the right place at precisely the right time to take extraordinary photos photos that the Tennessee native declares are the earliest recorded human interactions. The images are so powerful that a battle has raged for over 12 years about their validity. Clancy travels the world to tell the truth about what happened and why we should believe him.
Michael Clancy is the photojournalist who was hired by USA Today to record the fetal surgery of 21-week-old Samuel Armas. According to Clancy, during the surgery to correct for spina bifida, he saw that the mothers uterus began to shake from within, and as he watched, the tiny fist came through the opening with a fury to reveal the whole arm. The doctor lifted the tiny hand, and Samuel then reacted by squeezing the doctors gloved finger. As if to test for strength, the doctor, Joseph P. Bruner, shook the fist, but Samuel held firm, according to Clancy.
The veteran photojournalist was able to take several pictures in progression at 1/60 of a second. Not even sure if the pictures were in focus, Clancy submitted the roll of unprocessed film to USA Today per their policy to avoid manipulation.
But immediately after the surgery, Clancy was shocked when the doctor asserted to others that the event was staged and that he had purposely pulled the babys hand out of the womb to provide a photo op. Untrue! says Clancy as he suddenly found himself in the center of a very difficult situation.
I knew this was important! You can look back and see the earliest human interaction! This was history I knew as a journalist that history is important whether we like it or not!
It came down to Clancys word against the doctor, who, suggests Clancy, needed to protect his reputation from the evidence that Samuel had come out from under the anesthesia too early an occurrence, Clancy says, that happens[,] and we all know it. It [anesthesia] was experimental for mother and baby at the time.
It would be reasonable to think that the man who snapped such an amazing photo would receive a Pulitzer Prize. But the controversy served to end Clancys journalistic reputation and the twelve-year career he loved.
Ever since, he has been speaking to people about the event and the historic and political impact on the journalistic community at the time.
The photograph, meanwhile, has made a significant and untold impression on the whole world, and the dramatic moment has been recreated on major television shows: Scrubs, House, and The Good Wife.
You know, you want a ticker tape parade, you want a Pulitzer Prize but I have learned that sometimes its the journey sometimes its the one heart a day that we need to win this battle.
When asked what caused him to change from being uninvolved in the pro-life movement to becoming someone who fights for the unborn, Clancy says, I didnt want to be in this position. Its tough to be in the middle of this. It was Samuel who did it I have a lot of questions did he feel the cold air or see light? In my opinion, he came out of the anesthesia and he did feel pain for whatever duration that was [I wonder,] what motor senses did that baby use for his fist to come flying up? But what did Dr. Bruner and medical science learn that day? Says Clancy, Not to let a photographer in [to the operating room]!
What Clancy saw in that operating room was all the proof he needed to change his life. Samuel proved to us that the child is a reactive human being its as simple as that and it is important to fight for!
I want to prove that this picture is real because it is history. Someday, it is going to happen again, and people will look back and say that I was telling the truth the whole time!
Reprinted with permission from LiveActionNews.org.
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I find it a lot more amazing they can do surgery on a fetus...not that that fetus is a interactive human being....
It was human from conception ....
so what became of Samuel?
It wasn’t going to turn into any thing else,
not a chicken, not a porpoise, nothing but a human.
Abortion is murder.
Santorum’s son Gabriel received fetal surgery at about that age and had a potentially fatal defect repaired. Sadly Karen became infected as a complication, eventuating in his premature delivery too young to last more than a few hours.
Democrats whine about the War on Women....
What about the Democrat War on Babies?
"so what became of Samuel?Ten Years Later (2009), Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate via Fox
" Samuel, now 9 and living in Villa Rica, Ga., said the photo likely gave countless "babies their right to live" and forced many others to debate their beliefs on abortion, something he's proud of."
Amazing story. I had no idea how that photo had come to be taken, or what happened after. Thank you!
His photo made the front page of a magazine, I still have it. I bought it in an airport shop to read on the plane.
Watch “In the Womb” by National Geographic.
“Samuel proved to us that the child is a reactive human being its as simple as that and it is important to fight for!
The pix was amazing, maybe even a miracle. I am very happy that Clancy changed his opinion. However many of us always knew that unique human life begins at conception, and have acted accordingly. Clancy deserves thanks for being willing to help spread the truth.
I would hate to diminish these words by suggesting they would make a great bumper sticker, but, honestly...you can’t give dems too much to read or they glaze over.
This is succinct.
What a breathtaking photo.