Since his or her conception eight weeks ago, Baby Chris "has grown from a single cell into nearly 1 billion cells forming over 4000 distinct anatomic structures" and "now possesses more than 90 percent of the structures found in the adult." He or she is about the size of a kumquat. This marks the end of the embryonic period; from now until birth, Baby Chris is referred to as a fetus.
|Above: Human embryo at 7 weeks and 4 days, via the Endowment for Human Development|
Baby Chris continues to move frequently, exercising his or her developing muscles and joints. According to the Endowment for Human Development, "[t]he earliest sign of right- or left-handedness begins around eight weeks, with 75 percent of embryos already exhibiting right arm dominance."
The Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion, reports that 14.5% of abortions in the United States occur between 7 and 8 weeks after fertilization (or between 9 and 10 weeks using the LMP method of dating pregnancy). With approximately 1 million abortions taking place in the United States annually, this amounts to 145,000 abortion victims every year who are about the age Baby Chris is now. For comparison, 143,396 people live in Syracuse, NY.
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