The young woman is seventeen weeks pregnant.
Just for reference, here is a picture of a fetus at about sixteen weeks of development. And here is a description of fetal development at seventeen weeks:
Unless, of course, you're coldly planning her execution at your neighborhood abortion mill--the touch of surgical tools cutting off your baby's arms and legs and delivering her in shattered pieces can't be considered the sort of touch that will make your baby feel safe and warm, or loved, or like anything but garbage.
Week 17 How Big is the Baby at 17 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is 5.1 inches by pregnancy week 17 and weighs almost 5 ounces! If you were to hold your baby, she would fit snuggly in the palm of your hand.
Your Baby's Growth and Development
Your baby during week 17 is very mobile, gleefully moving his joints here, there and everywhere and he will continue to do so as you continue your pregnancy week by week. The cartilage making up the skeleton in your baby's body is starting to transform into bone. At 17 weeks, your baby should be hearing things. Your baby will start putting on some layers of fat in the weeks to come, though at this point in time, your baby is made up of primarily water.
You may be feeling your baby move intermittently after pregnancy week 17, though as your pregnancy progresses, you will likely start feeling your baby move more and more.
There are many natural health practitioners that believe in the power of touch. Though your little one is still very small, your touch may do much to help him feel safe and warm inside the womb. If you haven't started already, you might consider rubbing your 'pooch' in calming circular motions. This will not only help comfort your little one, but will help initiate the bonding process with you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and after.
But that's the thing about abortion. It is hatred, plain and simple. Every woman who has ever aborted her baby must hate what is growing inside of her in order to do this terrible deed. I know that for many of these woman, that hatred comes from a place of great fear and a lack of trust in God and in humanity--at a time when the hormones of pregnancy make emotions rise to disproportionate levels. I also know that many, many women spend years in psychological pain and anguish, suffering the aftermath of having chosen to hate someone whom women instinctively love and protect: their own precious, unique, helpless children.
But there are so many others who must hate the child for the child to die: the Supreme Court justices who decided, in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, that the lives of children in the womb don't count or matter at all; the abortionists who betray the Hippocratic Oath and kill and hurt instead of saving and healing; the parents who insist that their daughter isn't going to "ruin her life" with a baby she didn't plan for; the friends who encourage the pregnant mother to "fix the problem" and move on, just as if the baby were a painful tooth needing extraction; the child's father who threatens to leave if she doesn't "take care of it," and last, but not least, the total strangers on the Internet telling a woman who is planning to kill her baby that it's all good, and hey, they're willing to help...
This kind of hatred, which finds murder a banal diversion and sees human beings as worthless trash, can only emanate from the devil. Abortion, as I've said before, is the ultimate act of iconoclasm, in which the image and likeness of Almighty God is shattered and destroyed in the tiniest and most innocent of all people. Only diabolical rage at humanity's continued existence and glorious destiny in the life that is to come could possibly be responsible for such grave and hideous acts of evil.