Claim: Photograph shows a 12-week-old fetus.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, March 2012]
This picture is floating around Facebook with this caption:
“12 weeks gestation … legal to kill in all
I wanted to know if this is really a
Origins: The image displayed above, purportedly showing a
fetus resting in the palm of an adult’s hand, has been widely circulated via social media as a demonstration of how closely a 12-week-old fetus resembles a full-term child (even though the former may legally be terminated through elective abortion).
However, this image isn’t a photograph of a real fetus. It’s a picture of a hand-painted resin doll crafted by artist Donna Lee and sold through the One Tiny Life organization for the stated purpose of using them in schools and pregnancy centers to educate prospective mothers:
I am not here to judge nor debate whether or not a woman should have a abortion, but to educate so she knows what a
These dolls have been criticized as inaccurate depictions that misleadingly ‘humanize’ a 12-week fetus beyond its actual appearance, with critics pointing out that at the
These dolls were the subject of some controversy in October 2011 when they were handed out to Halloween trick-or-treaters in Georgia by a
Last updated: 14 June 2015