Zev Porat

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Baby's a Baby No Matter How Small!

Dr. William Lile, OBGYN

Dr. William Lile, a nationally renowned OBGYN who is also known as ProLifeDoc, and who has also recently been featured through the Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family ministries, receives a lot of mail concerning his pro-life stance, seminars, conferences, and national speaking engagements. 

Recently, Dr. Lile received a comment referring to the unborn as 'pre-fetal cellular mass.' The concerned party saw no value in the "fetal tissue" until the baby expressed a level of 'consciousness' well after delivery. Following is Dr. Lile’s medically and scientifically sound response that he has graciously shared in this PNN exclusive report. Perhaps his words will assist you in your pro-life discussions with the naysayers.

The 'pre-fetal cellular mass' that you refer to has a functioning heart 18 days after conception. We look for antibodies in a pregnant woman's blood on her first office visit because many of them, such as Kidd, Kell, and Duffy, can kill the developing baby. The mother's antibodies cross the placenta and attack the cells in the baby's blood stream. Why? - Because the cells of the baby are different from those of the mother from the moment of conception.

Dr. Lile with Dr. James Dobson
Listen to Dr. Bill Lile in an hour-long interview on the Terry Gilberg Show. (550 KFYI - Pheonix)

Half of the genetic component is from the father. The antibodies see these blood cells as foreign and attack them. The blood count becomes so low from the attacking antibodies that the baby can go into heart failure and die in the womb. To see if the baby is anemic, we measure the speed of blood cells traveling through a small artery in the brain called the middle cerebral artery. We can accurately calculate the level of anemia and prepare to give the baby a transfusion. O negative blood from our local blood bank is prepared for the baby.

As early as 18 weeks gestation we use ultrasound imaging to guide a long needle through the abdominal wall of the mother, through the uterus, into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, and carefully into the vein of the umbilical cord. A blood sample is rapidly tested to confirm the level of anemia and the appropriate volume of blood is transfused into the circulatory system of the baby. The procedure often is repeated every 3-4 weeks. This is done on a baby that could not begin to survive on the outside for another 5 weeks.

The baby is a patient. From the moment of conception, the baby is alive, is human, and is genetically different from either the mother or the father. To avoid becoming overly technical, and regardless of whether one personally believes in the 'soul', I will quote a Doctor that we are all probably familiar with; "A person's a person, no matter how small." Dr. Seuss.

Please feel free to view the videos that I have posted on my website, www.ProLifeDoc.org. The videos have been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read my comments.

Dr. William Lile

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