Images of Fetal Development

The following images were presented to Fr. Frank Pavone, at the time he was working at the Vatican, by a team of experts from Poland. The experts presented them also to Pope John Paul II.

Priests for Life is grateful to Professor Andrzej Skawina (Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University, Krakow) and Dr. Antoni Marsinek, MD (Czerwiakowski Gynecological and Obstetrics Hospital, Krakow) for making these images available, and to the Zrodlo Foundation, Wychowawca Department, for the permission to use them.

We encourage pro-life groups and individuals to use these images, keeping in mind the words that pollster Harrison Hickman spoke to the 1989 conference of the National Abortion Rights Action League, „Nothing has been as damaging to our cause as the advances in technology which have allowed pictures of the developing fetus, because people now talk about that fetus in much different terms than they did fifteen years ago. They talk about it as a human being, which is not something that I have an easy answer how to cure.“

See Baby Samuel grasp the finger of a surgeon during an in utero operation at twenty-one weeks.

Baby´s feet – 7 weeks after conception

Baby´s hands – 7 weeks after conception

Baby – 7 weeks after conception

Baby´s feet – 8 weeks after conception


Baby – 8 weeks after conception

Baby´s feet – 11 weeks after conception

Baby´s hand – 12 vikum eftir getnað

Baby´s hand – 12 weeks after conception

Baby´s feet – 12 weeks after conception


Baby´s foot – 12 weeks after conception


Baby´s feet – Three and a half months  after conception


Baby – Three and a half months  after conception

Baby – Three and a half months  after conception

Baby´s face – Five months  after conception

Baby´s ear – Five months  after conception


Baby – Five months  after conception

The original article on the Priests for Life website

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