The images are so simple, yet profound. Tiny footprints, barely the size of a fingernail, crisscrossed with minuscule lines representing a unique, irreplaceable human child who died before birth.
This week, two LifeNews readers shared beautiful images of their miscarried babies’ footprints to help society see the value of every human life, from the moment of conception.
One, a grandmother in mourning, posted an image of her granddaughter’s tiny handprints and footprints after she died earlier this week in a miscarriage.
“She was born at 18 weeks. She was a baby, not a fetus and not a clump of cells,” she shared on Twitter. “Don’t let ‘pro-choice’ people tell you that these are not children.”
My granddaughter, born too soon. She died yesterday.
These are her footprints and handprints. She was born at 18 weeks. She was a baby, not a fetus and not a clump of cells.
Don’t let “pro-choice” people tell you that these are not children. pic.twitter.com/n4ltYf4L7X
— PatriotRN ✝️🩸 (@PatriotRN10) August 19, 2021
Scientists long ago confirmed that a living, growing human being with his/her own unique DNA comes into existence when the egg and sperm meet at conception. Five weeks later, the baby’s heart begins to beat – often before the mother even realizes she is pregnant; then at 12 weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s unique hand and footprints begin to develop, according to the Endowment for Human Development.
Grandmother’s image of her grandbaby’s tiny hands and feet sparked messages of sympathy and understanding among commenters.
One mother, touched by the grandmother’s message, replied with an image of her miscarried child’s footprints as well.
“She passed away in the womb at 20 weeks,” the mother wrote. “She was the most perfect tiny human I have ever seen.”
I’m sorry for your loss. These are my daughters footprints. She passed away in the womb at 20 weeks. she also was not a clump of cells. She was the most perfect tiny human I have ever seen. even down to her tiny little fingernails. pic.twitter.com/u471rh1ttN
— vicki (@vicki12398561) August 19, 2021