UK Admits Hundreds of Babies Left to Die After Botched Abortions

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 21, 2017   

Member of Parliament reveals oversight over late-term abortions

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LONDON - (ChurchMilitant.com) - The U.K. Department of Health is admitting to inconsistencies in their records of live births and failure to provide support following botched abortions. 

A Department of Health spokesman acknowledged the "poor oversight" over late-term abortions in answers to parliamentary questions from a pro-life Member of Parliament (MP) and was unable to state the number of botched abortions, following an MP's previous investigative questions on abortion and disability. 

Mary Glindon, a pro-life MP, asked the Secretary of State for Health, "How many babies were born alive after an unsuccessful abortion procedure in each year since 2006 for which figures are available" and "how many of those babies survived beyond infancy in those years?" She also asked what support and counseling were available to healthcare professionals and nurses following botched abortions. 

Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health, who was unable to provide figures for the number of babies born after an unsuccessful abortion, told Glindon that "the number of live births following termination of pregnancy is not collected centrally."
 
Doyle-Price instead referred to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' (RCOG) guidelines on Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality, which is "intended to assist doctors and other health professionals to support women and their families when a fetal abnormality is diagnosed and to help women to decide, within the constraints of the law, whether or not to have the pregnancy terminated." 
 
Between the years 1995 and 2004, 102 of the 3189 babies aborted were born alive. 
The RCOG's guidelines mention a study from the West Midlands, England on the number of abortions as a result of a fetal abnormality diagnosis. "Between the years 1995 and 2004, 102 of the 3189 babies aborted were born alive. Of these, 36% survived 1 hour or less, and 6% for 6 or more hours. At 23 weeks gestation, 9.7% of the babies aborted were born alive," according to the report. 
 
Doyle-Price, however, answered Glindon, saying "as set out in the RCOG guideline on Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality, live birth following termination of pregnancy before 21 weeks and six days of gestation is very uncommon." Doyle-Price omitted this next line in the RCOG guideline: "live birth becomes increasingly common after 22 weeks of gestation." 
 
Further, she did not mention the course of action after a botched abortion involving a fetal abnormality, which opposes the goal of abortion: 

Where the fetal abnormality is not lethal and termination of pregnancy is being undertaken after 22 weeks of gestation, failure to perform feticide could result in live birth and survival, an outcome that contradicts the intention of the abortion. In such situations, the child should receive the neonatal support and intensive care that is in the child’s best interest and its condition managed within published guidance for neonatal practice. 

The RCOG's guidelines have two pages on the following question: "What happens if the fetus is born alive after termination of pregnancy?" The law rules that a baby born alive after a botched abortion is a child, "irrespective of the gestational age at birth, and should be registered as a live birth."

In addition, Doyle-Price also was not able to answer Glindon's last concern over the lack of support and counseling available to healthcare professionals and nurses following botched abortions, instead pushing off responsibility. "It is for abortion providers to ensure that appropriate training, support and, if needed, counseling is available for all staff performing late-term abortion," she remarked.

The U.K. Department of Health's admittance of guilt about inconsistencies concerning botched abortions comes amidst feedback to change the proposed Abortion Bill, which includes an amendment for counseling in cases of diagnosed fetal abnormalities so that abortion is not the fallback option. 
 

 

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