Friday, February 8, 2008

UK -- Infanticide

A government report in the UK has revealed that babies who survive abortions are refused medical treatment and often left to die. According to Lifesite News, at least 66 infants survived abortions in one year alone. Thirty-three of the survivors lived for an hour while one struggled for life for 10 hours.

The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) report shows that once a child slated for death by abortion is born alive, no medical help is offered. However, guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggested to doctors that babies over 22 weeks old who survive abortion be killed by lethal injection.

The CEMACH Perinatal Mortality report, which gathered its data from hospitals in England and Wales during 2005, reveals that 16 babies who survived abortion were born after 22 weeks old. The remaining 50 were under that age. This is the first acknowledgement by the government that the surviving children are left to die, although it is not the first report in the UK.

In 2005, the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published the findings of Dr. Shantala Vadeyar, a researcher at Manchester's St. Mary's Hospital, who said that children as young as 18 weeks had been known to survive for a time outside the womb after attempted abortions.

The issue of babies surviving abortion in countries where the practice is legal has been addressed in the United States. In 2002, the bill was passed in Congress: any infant fully born, who shows signs of life, is to be considered a human person entitled to the full protection of the law. It was signed into law by President Bush after legislators heard testimony of children being left to die in abortion facilities. Senator Barack. Obama voted against the bill and supported death to the babies!

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