Wonder of Life in the Womb
Samuel Armas' tiny hand grips Dr. Joseph P. Bruner's finger just
as Bruner finishes returning him to his mother's womb - Dec. 9,
Photo credit: Michael Clancy 12/9/99
Reprinted with permission from Michael Clancy
USA Today Photographer converted to Pro-life after taking foetal
NASHVILLE, September 23, 2002 (LSN.ca) - The famous
photo of baby Samuel's hand reaching out from the uterus of his
mother at 21-weeks gestation during foetal surgery, has turned the
veteran photo-journalist hired by USA Today for the shoot into a
pro-life activist. Michael Clancy, who snapped the photo after seeing
the baby's hand jut out of the hole in the womb made by the surgeons,
now offers his image free of charge to pro-life groups.
On his website, Clancy explains that "During
a spina bifida corrective procedure at twenty-one weeks in utero,
Samuel thrusts his tiny hand out of the surgical opening of his
mother's uterus. As the doctor lifts his hand, Samuel reacts to
the touch and squeezes the doctor's finger. As if testing for strength,
the doctor shakes the tiny fist. Samuel held firm. At that moment,
I took this 'Fetal Hand Grasp' photo."
his Mission Statement Clancy says he wants to "print the picture
of Samuel on posters for donation to Crisis Pregnancy Centers,"
and billboards are next on the agenda. "If you think you could
help in putting the picture of Samuel on billboards, preferably
next to high schools and abortion clinics, please email me with
your suggestions," writes Clancy.
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