When it comes to the abortion debate, the central question is the moral status of unborn children. And often, when debating abortion, abortion proponents equate unborn babies to blobs of tissue or cells in an attempt to diminish their moral standing and claim they are not human beings deserving of legal protection.
That’s why stories like this one are so powerful. When a miscarriage or a stillbirth happens, it’s a family tragedy. Losing a baby a couple so desperately wanted is pure emotional upheaval. But one family making beauty from ashes and attempting to show their little boy was a human being who mattered, even though he was born prematurely at 15 weeks and died afterwards.
These pictures of little Roman point back to abortion because babies at 15 weeks gestation can be legally aborted in countries all over the world. Here’s more from our friends at LiveAction and a couple pictures:
When Mandy Stewart prepared to obtain her 20-week ultrasound, she initially planned to go alone. Her husband, Brandon, had work that day. However, Stewart had a feeling she should have someone with her, so she asked her mother to come along. It was an instinct she would be glad she followed, because the appointment would not go as planned.
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“Right away you could tell he was upside down. You could see his spine and he wasn’t moving, and I knew he was supposed to be moving,” Stewart said. She had previously worked in the office she was visiting as a medical assistant.
“I wasn’t seeing the heartbeat flutter on the screen,” Stewart recalled. “I noticed [the technician’s] face go really solemn. It was a complete shock and I started bawling. It didn’t take me long to figure out what happened.”
The technician told Stewart’s mother that the baby should have been measuring 18 weeks and 6 days gestation, but he only measured 15 weeks. The baby, whom they named Roman, had died three weeks earlier, just one week after they had learned he was a boy.