Thursday, February 07, 2008

Another Shout Out to National Healthcare!

In the U.K.:

"...Botched abortions mean that scores of babies are being born alive and left to die, an official report has revealed.

A total of 66 infants survived NHS termination attempts in one year alone, it emerged.

Rather than dying at birth as was intended, they were able to breathe unaided. About half were alive for an hour, while one survived ten hours.

The figures are the first to give a national picture of the number of babies who survive abortion but are left to die.

Experts previously believed the phenomenon was limited to a handful of cases a year.

The babies were aborted using a drug to soften the cervix and induce labour. Once born no medical help is offered.

The statistics are contained in the small print of an official report by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health, commissioned by the Government.

No data exists on aborted babies who survive into childhood and beyond but in rare cases this is known to have happened.

Experts last night revealed that the sheer number of abortion survivors means new guidance for doctors will be drawn up, telling them how to cope.

The findings also renewed calls for a lowering of the 24-week limit for "social" abortions, which end healthy pregnancies...

...Professor Stuart Campbell, an eminent obstetrician whose 3D scan images of babies "walking in the womb" have fuelled the debate over late abortions, said: "It is a distressing situation when these babies are being born alive.

"Medical advances make it increasingly possible for even those born after just 22 weeks in the womb to survive.

"There is also concern that babies with problems such as cleft palate or club feet are being terminated because they are not "perfect".

"These deformities may be corrected during childhood."

The findings follow evidence to MPs this week that foetuses feel pain before 24 weeks.

The figures for the CEMACH 2007 Perinatal Mortality report, gathered from hospitals in England and Wales during 2005, reveal 16 babies who survived abortion were born after 22 weeks in the womb or later in the pregnancy.

The remaining 50 were under 22 weeks' gestation..." (Read the entire article)

**Photo of a 3D ultrasound of a 23 week old, that's definitely not a baby. Looks like fetal tissue to me.**

(H/T: Dan the Painter)

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