By Kristin Luker
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Fifteen days after conception, the head and most prominent features of the face are apparent. The nose resembles a small elevated thread . . two black points represent the eyes. At one month, the young, called the fetus, is an inch in length. . All parts of the face may be seen, the body is visible, the haunches and belly are prominent, the hands and legs are formed; the fingers and toes are divided; the skin is thin and transparent. . At the end of six weeks . . the form is more perfect, only the head is larger in proportion.
Certainly, ordinary people had access to the general idea that pregnancy represented, at least on the physiological level, a continuous process. A home medical book published in 1817 for a popular audience (and dedicated to "the Wives of the Ministers of the Gospel of the United States") gave the following information, which was not substantially at variance with what the physicians were arguing: Thus the contents of the pregnant womb, formed in miniature at conception, are the child, the waters, the membranes holding them, the navel cord, and the afterbirth.
Two black points represent the eyes. At one month, the young, called the fetus, is an inch in length. . All parts of the face may be seen, the body is visible, the haunches and belly are prominent, the hands and legs are formed; the fingers and toes are divided; the skin is thin and transparent. . At the end of six weeks . . the form is more perfect, only the head is larger in proportion. . About this time the motion of the heart is visible. . It is at the fourth month that the mother feels the motion of the child within, which is called quickening.
Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood by Kristin Luker