Something interesting is happening in England. Abortion was legalized in England through the legislature instead of by judicial fiat. The problem for these legislatures is that new scientific and medical advances are showing us things that we didn’t know before when the original laws were crafted.
In early abortions, before 12 weeks, the abortionist is able to use suction to completely remove the baby from the uterus. After 12 weeks, the action turns grisly.
Dr Spencer opens a fresh pack of shiny instruments. He’s an extremely calm, softly spoken man, which somehow makes his words all the more devastating. “The foetus can’t come out in one go. We haven’t dilated sufficiently for that. The foetal parts are soft enough to break apart as they are being removed…”
In other words, he has to dismember the foetus inside the uterus and pull it out, bit by bit. He uses an ultrasound scan to guide him. Even then, some body parts are too large to come out intact.
To illustrate what happens, Dr Spencer grips his thumb between the surgical forceps and squeezes gently. “Those parts are the skull and then the spine and pelvis, and in fact they are crushed…”
It used to be that doctors believed that pain receptors did not develop in the baby until after 26 weeks. However, the 1984 film called The Silent Scream challenged this concept because it showed a baby in the womb being killed and seeming to scream.
American doctors are now confirming they hypothesis of this film– that babies can feel pain before 26 weeks. Dr. Sunny Anand has been studying this topic, and believes that babies at 20 weeks may be able to feel pain due to abortion.
As science progresses we are able to keep babies alive at younger ages.
Forty years ago, when the abortion law was first passed, babies under 28 weeks rarely survived. Things have changed dramatically since then.
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At a specialist unit in Arkansas, we filmed Dr Whit Hall checking on his tiny patients. “The survival is as high as 75 to 80 per cent for 24-weekers and about 50 per cent for 23-weekers,” he explained.
So, you have weird situations where on one floor a patient that is 23 weeks old is being kept alive and nurtured by machines and on another floor one is being dismembered and killed. This causes ethical and moral concern.
It’s not banning abortions all together, but it is bringing to light just what is in the womb and what we are doing to them.
Hat Tip: Jill Stanek