A Visual Apologetic for Life


When Michelangelo carved the beauty of the human form in marble, he knew that true art is “but a shadow of the divine perfection.”

As true art shadows God, so too, the beauty and complexity of the human form is an unrivaled masterpiece that proclaims its Creator. A new DVD and accompanying book from National Geographic called In the Womb highlight this masterpiece of life in its earliest stages. Despite National Geographic’s evolutionary language, these images are one of the best visual apologetics for the Creator and for choosing life that we have seen in a long time.

Today, thirty-four years after Roe v. Wade, we can see into the womb with detail that was unimaginable in 1973. Now, 3-D and 4-D scans — scans that literally piece together images to show a baby in motion in the womb — have brought the miracle of life into new focus. In the Womb author, Peter Tallack, calls this new technology the medical equivalent of the Hubble Space Telescope. And the images it zooms in on during the odyssey of pregnancy may change the minds of women contemplating abortion and ordinary men and women who have not reflected deeply on abortion’s horrors.

Statistics tell us that 88 percent of clinical abortions happen before the twelfth week of pregnancy. In the Womb shows us a heart cell jolting to life on day twenty-two, arm buds developing in week four, glassy eyes forming in week six, taste buds, purposeful movement, and separate digits on hands and feet by week eight.

As Tallack writes, “The next four weeks [weeks nine through twelve] will see her kick, turn her feet, and curl her toes. She will bend her arms at the wrist and elbow, form partial fists with her tiny hands, and reach up to cover her face with her hands. Her face, with its sealed-shut eyes, will squint, frown, purse its lips, and open its mouth. She will respond to touch.”

Tallack has vividly portrayed the miracle that, tragically, four out of ten women who discover an unplanned pregnancy will choose to abort.

The book also runs its readers headlong into mysteries still not fully understood by science, such as why the mother’s body does not reject this foreign life growing within her. The author continues, “The immune system always tries to reject foreign material. Indeed, after the baby is born, if a piece of her skin is transplanted to the mother, the mother does reject it. . . .Yet the mother tolerates this entire foreign tissue in her system for nine whole months. Exactly what protects the placenta from rejection by the mother’s immune system is one of the greatest enigmas of modern biology,” concludes Tallack.

If only humans could learn from the body’s own life-protection reflex. Perhaps you could help open a mother’s eyes. On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, maybe you’d consider purchasing a copy of In the Womb, the book or DVD, for your local crisis pregnancy center. If pictures are worth a thousand words, perhaps the stunning images of In the Womb will be better than our best-conceived arguments.

For further reading and information:

Peter Tallack, In the Womb (National Geographic, 2006). A DVD of In the Womb is also available.

See National Geographic’s website for In the Womb.

Gina Dalfonzo, “Journey into the Womb,” The Point, 12 January 2007.

Denise Morris, “Sanctity of Human Choice,” The Line, 10 January 2007. See YouTube videos of babies in the womb.

Susan E. Wills, Esq., “Ten Legal Reasons to Reject Roe,” Public Square.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 050818, “Getting Wise to the Lies: Why Young Women Are Choosing Life.”

BreakPoint Commentary No. 050608, “What’s Right in Our Own Eyes: Between a Woman and Her God.”

Scott Klusendorf, Pro-Life 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively (Stand to Reason Press, 2002).




Mark Earley. "A Visual Apologetic for Life." BreakPoint Commentary January 22, 2007.

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Mark Earley, former State Senator (1988-1998) and Attorney General of Virginia (1998-2001), became president of Prison Fellowship on February 1, 2002. Additionally, Earley serves as Chairman of Operation Starting Line, a multi-ministry, interdenominational outreach to prisoners in America that is helping the local and in-prison church provide in-prison evangelistic events, ongoing inmate mentoring, and post-prison assistance for ex-prisoners and their families. Earley, an attorney, practiced law for fifteen years with the firm of Tavss, Fletcher, Earley, and King in Norfolk, Virginia. He served in the Virginia State Senate for ten years from 1988 to 1998 and then served as the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1998-2001. Earley is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he received a B.A. in Religion. He earned a juris doctor degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He resides in Lansdowne, Virginia, with his wife, the former Cynthia Breithaupt, and their six children (Rachel, Justin, Mark Jr., Mary Catherine, Franklin, and Anne Harris).

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