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I’m against late term abortion

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Miracle: 23 week aborted foetus survives five hours in hospital refrigerator

There was a ‘must read’ on ABC Online on Tuesday morning titled ‘Stillborn baby’ comes back to life in hospital fridge.

In Israel, a 27 year old woman was aborted at 23 weeks due to internal bleeding.  After wrapping the foetus and storing it under refrigeration for five hours, they were taking the it to be disposed of, they found it to be still alive and the baby was transferred to intensive care.

There is the miracle of life at it’s most desperate!

Reading between the lines, it would appear that as they were doing an abortion, it was presumed the baby would die and it was not checked out – simply stored away for later disposal. That got me thinking about the current abortion vote before the Victorian Parliament.

Maybe it is because I am in palliative care and have a new appreciation of the value of life, but I can not understand how anyone in the medical profession  can be prepared to deliberately take the life of such a viable foetus.  The Victorian government is currently debating legislation to allow pregnant women to take the decision to abort at this late stage.

I had previously not thought much about the abortion issue, but this baby has galvanised my thoughts.

A few interesting news items from Tuesday

20.08.08: Mudflow bubble in Sidoarjo explodes

The Indonesian ‘Mud Volcano” created by Santos mining activities in May 2006 is about to consume yet another village after one of the many gas bubbles in the mud flowing in Sidoarjo, East Java, exploded on Tuesday.  Jalaludin Alham from the mudflow special committee at the Sidoarjo legislative council said that the government should pay special attention to the emergence of gas bubbles in Siring and other villages.  (Background information here)


Written by Greg Naylor

21 August 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. I get what you are saying Greg, if a woman hasn’t made up her mind by 24 weeks (currently considered a “viable” gestational age, or one by which the baby, if born, has a chance at independant life) she is unlikely to.

    Take it from an old midwife, if women are denied acess to safe, legal and affordable termination of pregnancy services they WILL resort to back-yard options.

    This means mutilated women being dumped writhing in agony on hospital doorsteps, often too late to save either their lives or their internal organs.

    Women own their own bodies, not the state and certainly not some bible thumping zealots like the “right to lifers”

    No-one LIKES abortion, but legalising it is a human rights issue.
    Criminalising abortion is an appaling human rights abuse, one which should see any country guilty of it hang their collective heads in shame.
    A foetus has no human rights, they are not a human, they are a POTENTIAL human, and with humanity’s current inability to feed, clothe, shelter and educate the current six or seven BILLION there are on the planet, it’s just plain stupid to suggest we need them all.


    22 August 2008 at 12:29 pm

  2. In this case, that foetus – by refusing to die – must surely have become a human and claimed the right to be cared for.

    I agree that women own their own bodies and they also must own up to their own concience. Destroying a foetus that is capable of surviving is something they must live with. I am glad I am not a woman.

    Greg Naylor

    22 August 2008 at 12:58 pm

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