Monday, November 28, 2005

Sub-standard medicine - doctors fail to kill babies before abortion

A former professor of OB-GYN at a London hospital has admitted that a number of aborted babies survive the drug-induced labour that constitutes late-term abortion, because doctors fail to follow guidelines that require their hearts to be stopped while still in the womb:

"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."

God forbid anyone should be anti-abortion, of course, but am I alone in finding it a tad - just a tad, mind - disturbing that in one operating theatre, doctors could be fighting to save the life of a premature infant, while in an adjoining one, a breathing, crying baby results from a deliberate inducement of premature delivery? And one must wonder how the staff manage to instantly switch from trying to end the baby's life, to trying to save it, as they are required to do. Does it even happen?

2 Comments:

Blogger Squander Two said...

Having delivered a living baby, of course, they then kill it, because the procedure is an abortion. That's not sub-standard medicine; it's murder. Even if you don't think that abortion is murder (and I don't), killing a breathing, crying baby outside the womb still is.

Interesting phenomenon I've noticed: when someone talks about the crazy anti-abortion lobby in the US and mentions how awful it is that Bush is trying to ban abortion, tell them that he's only trying to ban partial-birth abortion and then tell them what partial-birth abortion is. I've yet to meet anyone who didn't immediately change their mind in the light of that information.

11:02 am  
Blogger Stephen said...

Apparently, if the baby is born alive it is entitled to medical treatment, in theory; but you have to wonder how much treatment they actually get.

I agree on the partial-birth abortion thing. While I also do not believe that abortion is murder, I am totally revolted by the extremism of the pro-choice movement. It promotes a callousness towards life that has uncomfortable echoes of the attitude of Roman and ancient Greek society towards infanticide.

6:35 pm  

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