Fetal Hand Grasp
Photo by Michael Clancy

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.

As a photojournalist, my job is to tell stories through pictures. The experience of taking this photograph has had a profound effect on me, and I'm proud to share this moment with you.

Michael Clancy

Copyright 2001 Michael Clancy


For Further Study

Pro-Life Videos   See Babies in the Womb    Learn More About Abortion    I regret my abortion    Hope After Abortion    What is an Abortion?   Rachel's Vinyard

BooksUnplanned by Abby Johnson and Three Approaches to Abortion by Peter Kreeft and Angel in the Waters (for children) and The Walls Are Talking by Abby Johnson
DVD -  Changing Sides with Abby Johnson
Pregnancy Crisis Centers - Life Call (resources for pregnant women)

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