Parents Release Photos of Twin Babies Miscarried at 10 Weeks to Show Humanity of Unborn Children

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 23, 2022   |   1:32PM   |   Washington, DC

A grieving mother of miscarried twin babies called out The Guardian this month for misleading women about an unborn baby’s development.

Maria told Live Action News that she wrote a letter to the British newspaper and shared a photo of her twins, whom she miscarried at 10 weeks, to refute its article, “What a pregnancy actually looks like before 10 weeks — in pictures.”

None of the photos in The Guardian piece actually showed the babies’ bodies, giving women the false impression that there is no baby to see in early pregnancy. But Maria said her babies were identifiable and already intricately formed.

“I was able to count 20 fingers and toes on my ’tissues,’” she told the newspaper in a letter shared with Live Action. “This is what someone performing an at home medical abortion or experiencing a miscarriage at barely 10 weeks should expect to see.”

Maria said she named her twin daughters Amanda, which means “worthy of love,” and Jireh, which means “The Lord will provide.”

“It was difficult to share private images of our very loved babies,” she told Live Action. “We have no need to validate their beauty, humanity and value to anyone who has shut their eyes to it. But with just a few short weeks of life, they have a voice to speak truth and light. Perhaps they were here on earth for such a time as this.”

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Misleading women about an unborn baby’s development is dangerous as well as immoral, she continued. If the news outlet truly wants to protect women’s health, she said it should have published accurate images and informed women that an unborn baby and pregnancy tissue may look different “depending on whether it is a normally progressing pregnancy.”

“I also delivered a fairly large placenta and a lot of other tissue. It was a difficult process and I needed help,” Maria wrote. “I cannot imagine how deceived or ill prepared I would feel if I had been expecting what your images portrayed for a 9 or 10 week pregnancy. It could be very dangerous if someone thought their miscarriage or medicinal abortion was complete based on your misinformation. I hope women take their medical advice from real doctors and not from ‘activists’ and journalists, but you cannot count on that.”

She said she also sent the letter to the MYA Network, a pro-abortion group that provided the photos to The Guardian. According to its website, MYA “cleaned up” the pregnancy tissue before taking the photos, writing, “What you see here is the gestational sac alone.”

By nine weeks of pregnancy, Maria said most women who miscarry or take abortion pills at home will see their baby’s body, including a tiny face, hands and feet.

“The only way an embryo would not be visible to the naked eye with [an] 8 or 9 week pregnancy would be if it was destroyed and dismembered during the [D&C procedure], if the ’embryo’ was actually a blighted ovum or if the embryo had stopped growing quite a while before 9 weeks. You know that and so does anyone who has miscarried a pregnancy at this time,” she told The Guardian.

The grieving mother said what she shared are basic facts about human development, and a person’s feelings about pregnancy and abortion do not change them. Maria said she hopes the photo of her daughters will help more people recognize the truth.

Click here to see the image.