John on November 27, 2005 at 8:33 pm
It sometimes feels as if all there is to say about abortion has been said…repeatedly. Then you see a story like this one from the Times of London. Doctors are shocked to discover that approximately 50 babies a year are born alive after failed abortions. The Times quotes Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s hospital:
“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.
Um…yeah. We could call that “sub-standard medicine” or we could call it — I don’t know — barbaric infanticide. But why quibble, especially since what Dr. Campbell probably means is that the abortionist should have followed guidelines which clearly say that babies over 21 weeks should have their hearts stopped “by an injection of potassium chloride before being delivered.” In other words, if you do it the right way, there’s no pesky screaming. Thank you, Dr. Campbell.
What I also love about this quote is how the Dr. Campbell is so careful to assure the reporter he’s pro-choice. It says a lot I think, given the topic at hand, that he felt he should clarify this. The assumption seems to be that tacitly allowing babies to die after failed abortions is one thing, but being pro-life…that’s a black mark on one’s reputation. Sadly, he’s probably right.
A bit later in the piece, Shantala Vadeyar, a consultant obstetrician at South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, who led the study says:
“If a baby is born alive following a failed abortion and then dies (because of lack of care), you could potentially be charged with murder”
In a sane world, people who let screaming babies die of neglect wouldn’t be “potential” murders, they’d be put in jail for a long time. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. For this we have Planned Parenthood to thank.
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