In one week, a video depicting the humanity of a preborn baby in vivid detail has amassed tens of millions of views — capturing the hearts, minds and imaginations of viewers.
The video illustrates the processes of fertilization, development and birth of a baby in a little over three minutes. (See the video at the bottom of this page.)
“Imagine if expectant mothers had a little window into the womb, where everyone could see this development as it happens,” said pro-life advocate Jean Purcell, 79, of Columbia, Maryland, after watching the video. “Abortion might be a thing of the past if the miracle were revealed day by day, and God’s artistry in creating humanity was revealed.”
The creator of the video, Hashem Al-Ghaili, is a Yemeni man who lives in Germany and works as an independent “influencer” primarily through his popular Science Nature Page on Facebook, according to LifeSiteNews. His work has reportedly inspired people to seek him out as a public speaker and media consultant.
Originally uploaded to YouTube but shared to Facebook last week, the video features music and informative captions throughout.
“Welcome to Life!” reads a caption at the end of the video.
Hashem Al-Ghaili’s video has been on Facebook for about a week, during which it has been viewed 47 million times and shared over half a million times.
Al-Ghaili’s Facebook page has more than 27 million followers.
The video does not stake out a position on the debate over when human life begins, although settled science establishes that the physical life of a distinct human organism begins at fertilization, rather than implantation.
The video shows several milestones of fetal development, such as the brain, nose, ears, and intestines beginning to form at six weeks; the heart being fully developed by 10 weeks; the baby beginning to kick at 18 weeks; and, finally, the wondrous delivery of a baby into the world.
Though preborn babies are fully alive and human from fertilization, some 3,562 abortions are performed each day.
Thousands of times daily, this beautiful process is ended before it has a chance, really, to begin.