The Fetus Can Remember

A by Netherlands-based scientists shows that not only do unborn children respond to stimuli such as buzzing sounds – they remember those stimuli. In fact, the Washington Times cited the study as saying that fetuses nearly two months before birth can not only remember things, they “are able to store information and retrieve it four weeks later.”

That’s “wonderfully made.”  That’s a living, intelligent person.  That’s what you and I were, from the beginning, months before our own births.

But there’s a flip side to what the study found.  Not only can the fetuses respond to and remember stimuli –they can also learn to ignore it.  The study calls this “habituation”—where a sound becomes familiar, then just unremarkable “background noise.”

That’s “fearfully made.”  Babies have the ability to stop being shocked, to adapt to those things which once startled them.

Is that good?  Yes, if we’re going to survive lives of hardship, having the ability to endure and “factor out” obstacles to goals.  But it’s not good if we lose our sensitivity to those things which we should continue to notice.

I think this remarkable study is a mirror of human behavior.  Even more, babies themselves are symbols.  Our society, made up of matured fetuses, has lost the ability to be shocked when multiplied millions of their tiny fellows have died upon an altar of abortion, sacrificed to the preferences of their mothers.

What do I do?  I keep telling my own story, about why if abortion had been legal when I was conceived, I would not be alive.  And I seek out and support and vote for people who can make a difference; such as in my own state, Steve Pearce who is running for Congress.

And I pray.

Copyright 2009, Latayne C. Scott

Latayne C. Scott ( is the author of over a dozen books, including the new Discovering the City of Sodom.


  1. Janet Ursel
    Jul 16, 2009

    I rather doubt I would be either.

    Studies have been showing similar things for years, but people aren’t swayed by them.

  2. Mary Ellen Evans
    Jul 17, 2009

    Interesting isn’t it, that this study didn’t make headlines in newscasts and newspapers all across the nation and the world?

  3. Susan
    Jul 23, 2009

    It’s rather scary to think of the discoveries that weren’t made, the cancer cures that will not be found, the books that weren’t written, the accomplishments that went unachieved because some one chose to abort the one who was destined for such greatness.

  4. Sue Patton
    Mar 18, 2010

    Great story. Keep up the good work.

  5. Tereasa
    Jan 26, 2013

    You have used this fact as a powerful argument against abortion and I agree. I would also add that mothers must be careful how they treat their babies in the womb.

  6. Bonnie Ricks
    Jan 27, 2013

    Isn’t it amazing that people who are the biggest proponents of abortion will be the first to cry “put her in jail forever!” if a mother kills her newborn? A friend told me about her encounter with two women on this subject, and she asked them why they thought there was a difference between murdering the child in the womb and murdering the child when it’s a few days old… they didn’t have a response. :-) As the bumper sticker says, “If it’s not a baby, then you’re not pregnant!” I, too, have a story involving my youngest son… I tell the short form of the story in the devotional I published on Saturday entitled, “What If???” I just posted that devotional on my timeline.

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