How incredible is this photograph that graced the cover of LIFE Magazine in 1965, eight years before Roe v. Wade??
It is easy to sometimes think, “Well, they didn’t have as much knowledge about prenatal development in the 70s as we do now…” as a sort of excuse for that generation. However, LIFE Magazine was a hugely widespread magazine at the time and this color photograph of a living 18-week old baby inside his/her mother was undoubtedly seen by millions. The American Society of Magazine Editors calls it the 11th greatest magazine cover in the past 40 years.
This and the pictures inside the magazine were taken by famed scientific photographer Linnart Nilsson who used an endoscope with an electronic flash to capture them. The pictures were included in his book, “A Child is Born,” which sold 8 million copies in the first four days of publication.