Unborn children ‘can learn’

2015-07-02 06:00


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ACCORDING to new research released by National Alliance for Life (NAL), a group of scientists at the University of Helsinki recently found that the unborn child can learn and retain information such as specific words.

“The scientists gave expectant mothers a recording to play regularly a few months before the birth of the child. It contained a false word created by the scientists that was repeated multiple times in the recording, along with other sounds,” the organisation stated in a letter to local non-profit organisation, Africa Cares for Life.

Shanno Enoch from Africa Cares said that according to the findings, once the children were born, they used electro encephalography sensors to detect whether the unborn infants were able to recognise the word that was played repeatedly and the babies electric brain response indicated that they had developed a distinct memory of the word.

“The evidence indicates that language development begins earlier in human life than expected. The unborn also learn to recognise the mother’s voice and music played in the home before they are born,” Enoch said.

“In spite of this information being available to us, abortion figures still increase year after year and we are seeing dimly through a mirror if we view abortion as just a modern-day phenomenon. “South Africa will, as a consequence, reap what is happening in Japan, China and Germany, a falling birth rate (as reported in a local newspaper),” Enoch said.

Figures released by the Department of Health to the organisation­, relayed a shocking 6 673 abortions countrywide in January this year alone. The highest figures were recorded in the Western Cape at 1 738, followed by Gauteng at 1 127, the Eastern Cape 1 035, Limpopo 728, North West 644, KwaZulu-Natal 636, Free State 514, Mpumalanga 151 and Northern Cape 100.

“Since abortion was legalised in South Africa 18 years ago, 1,2 million babies have been aborted. If we continue to accept that ‘it’s a women­’s personal choice about her own body’, what will happen 20 years down the line? We are intentionally killing some of our future, our parents, teachers, presidents, doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs,” said Enoch.

Africa Cares for Life is a national life-affirming organisation, which, in association with National Alliance for Life, is calling on the community to support the annual NAL march on 4 October.

“The NAL drive calls on churches­, communities and schools to say ‘enough is enough’. Raising awareness is an enormous responsibility and Africa­ Cares for Life and the National Alliance for Life cannot do it alone. They need your support. In 1995 South Africans responded in their thousands - 99.97% of those who cared to respond were pro-life, do we still feel the same way as we did in 1995? Then let’s get involved. When a march like this is supported, it is more likely to have an impact at government level,” Enoch said.

Show your support for Africa Cares

Another way to show support is to get involved in the “Precious Feet’’ campaign. This involves buying a lapel pin which is the actual shape and size of an unborn baby’s feet, 10 weeks after conception,, for R20. “This is a similar concept to the pink ribbon for cancer in that when one wears the Precious Feet pin, people may be drawn into a conversation about the significance of the precious feet and the sanctity of human life. The income raised through this campaign is used to raise further awareness.

It is surprising how few people know or even talk about the emotional consequences of abortion, yet the majority of women may experience these emotions at some point says the organisation. Those who have been involved in an abortion decision may experience guilt, regret, anger and avoiding babies. Africa Cares for Life, through its network of Pregnancy Care Centres, offer post-abortion counselling.

If you want to get involved or if you are pregnant and it feels like a crisis and you don’t know where to go for support, contact Africa Cares for Life on 031 903 2340 or 073 162 2334

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