A video capturing a newborn baby’s unique birth is drawing millions of people’s attention online.
The baby was born on Saturday in Spain while it was still inside the amniotic sac, The Daily Mail reports. The chances of a baby being born in its amniotic sac are rare, about one in 80,000. The amniotic sac often ruptures before or during birth, as it did with the baby’s twin who was born a few minutes earlier. The report did not indicate the sex of the babies.
Someone captured the rare moment on video for the public. The short clip shows the baby on a hospital table, surrounded by medical staff. The baby can be seen moving around inside the amniotic sac with the umbilical cord still connecting the mother to the child. More than 6.8 million people watched the video so far, according to the report.
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The video raises questions about abortion and the lines that abortion activists often use to determine when a human life has value. According to some of these arguments, the baby in the video would still be allowed to be aborted. Some abortion advocates draw the line at viability, others say it’s when the baby is born or takes its first breath or the umbilical cord is cut. One U.S. Senator even infamously claimed that it isn’t until the baby goes home from the hospital.
This is what Planned Parenthood tells women on its website:
All kinds of people — theologians, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, legislators, and many others — hold very different views about when life begins. In fact, both the egg and the sperm are living things before they meet and join. There’s no real argument there.
The really hot question is, “When does being a person begin?” Most medical authorities and Planned Parenthood agree that it starts when a baby takes its first breath.
Some of our oldest religions have changed their views about this question many times over the centuries. Today, some people sincerely believe that being a person begins when the egg is fertilized. Some, just as sincerely, believe that it begins with birth. And lots of others believe it begins somewhere in between.
It’s true that many of the lines people draw about the value of life are arbitrary; but Planned Parenthood is wrong about when life begins. Scientific evidence long ago proved that a unique new human life begins at the moment of conception. Though abortion activists try to ignore it, conception is the only concrete, defining line that determines when life is valuable; and it’s backed up by scientific evidence, coupled with logic and plain, everyday human instincts.