National Right to Life posted a wonderful, poignant, and likable defense of life today, and you can breathe a sigh of relief: it works, beautifully. Not only is it relevant and lighthearted while delivering an important message, it does so without trying too hard.
And — they did it in the heart of where the Internet lives these days: BuzzFeed.
The list of 16 milestones in an unborn baby’s life begins with the miracle of life and ends with birth, using as its messengers a lineup of Hollywood, reality t.v., cartoon, and other “cultural icons” (Honey BooBoo?).
The list includes:
1. At the moment of conception, you had a unique set of DNA that never previously existed in the history of the world. YOLO.
2. Your hair and eye color and facial features were also determined.
3. By 22 days after conception, your heart was already beating and for some, with a different blood type than their mother.
4. At 6 weeks after conception, you had detectable brain waves.
5. By 7 weeks, you were swimming.
6. By 8 weeks, every major organ was in place.
7. By 10 weeks, you could hiccup.
8. By 12 weeks, you could suck your thumb.
9. And you looked like this.
10. By 15 weeks, you developed taste buds.
For real. You had developed adult taste buds.
11. By 17 weeks, you could experience REM sleep.
12. By 20 weeks, you could feel pain.
13. Over the next few weeks, your mother felt an increase in your movements.
14. If born premature at this stage, you could survive.
15. In months 7-9, you could open and close your eyes.
16. Then at 9 months, you were born. (Obvs)
They didn’t post the “meme” in the heart of friendly territory, they went to heart of the battle. BuzzFeed’s pages often teem with pop culture fluff and the ever-popular cat videos, but their captive audience is one we cannot cede. Through the “BuzzFeed Community,” anyone who signs up to be a contributor can post content.
…Which didn’t exactly sit well with a certain writer at The Guardian, who penned a now much-ridiculed piece detailing her shock that BuzzFeed would allow such content in its “community” section — a section created specifically to allow members of the community to post what interests them.