My friend Patte Smith, a sidewalk counselor in FL, posted these amazing pictures on Facebook yesterday.

The first is of Luke and Grace on Day 3 after they had been created in a petri dish. At this stage of their lives they were 8 cell embryos. Click to enlarge…

The 2nd photo is of Luke and Grace today, now 3 years old. Click to enlarge…

Grace and Luke’s adoptive mother gave Patte permission to post the photos. Following  is their story.

Grace and Luke were frozen when they were 8 cell embryos. They were among several who were “created” in 2003 by a CA couple receiving fertility help to conceive a baby.

After the couple had gestated and given birth to their other embryos, Grace and Luke remained frozen until Alex and Lori, committed Christians, adopted them. Patte wrote, “They received their son and daughter as gifts from God. These children are delightful answers to their prayers.”

Grace and Luke were implanted in Lori’s uterus on August 1, 2006, and born 9 months later.

Pro-lifers argue against the destruction of embryos for scientific experimentation simply because they are unique, innocent human beings no matter what their stage of development.

But it becomes that much more painful to consider how precious preborn children like Grace and Luke are discarded or dissected when seeing these photos.