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Monday, November 28, 2005

Thoughts: When is a baby a baby?

The age old question regarding to the abortion debate. When do you consider a baby a baby? conception? 3 months? 6 months? 9 months? or after birth? Or how about when the baby can survive after labor? No one will ever agree on when it is ok or not ok to abort a fetus.

According to a doctor in Britain 50 babies are born alive after an abortion. To me that is just plain appalling. I myself am against abortion. I don't like the idea of a baby not giving a chance to live. I understand and can see why people have and want abortions but if you haven't decided to abort the fetus after the first few months than you shouldn't be able to at all.
A GOVERNMENT agency is launching an inquiry into doctors’ reports that up to 50 babies a year are born alive after botched National Health Service abortions.

The investigation, by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH), comes amid growing unease among clinicians over a legal ambiguity that could see them being charged with infanticide.

This is what appealed to me the most.

“They can be born breathing and crying at 19 weeks’ gestation,” he said. “I am not anti-abortion, but as far as I am concerned this is sub-standard medicine.”
After a certain point, specially when the fetus can be born as a baby, living and breating, i think the point of no return has happened.

The number of terminations carried out in the 18th week of pregnancy or later has risen from 5,166 in 1994 to 7,432 last year. Prenatal diagnosis for conditions such as Down’s syndrome is increasing and foetuses with the condition are routinely aborted, even though many might be capable of leading fulfilling lives. In the past decade, doctors’ skill in saving the lives of premature babies has improved radically: at least 70%-80% of babies in their 23rd or 24th week of gestation now survive long-term.

Abortion on demand is allowed in Britain up to 24 weeks — more than halfway through a normal pregnancy and the highest legal limit for such terminations in Europe. France and Germany permit “social” abortions only up to the 10th and 12th weeks respectively.

All those lives lost, never given a chance to live or breath bothers me.

I hear the argument all the time, but isn't it better to abort a baby than to have them grow up in poverty and misery? No I don't think it is. There aresuccessfulf succesful people who have came from nothing. If you wanted to abort every person born into poverty this world would miss plenty of people who make a difference in the world every day.


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