Rather than dying at birth as was intended, they were able to breathe unaided. About half were alive for an hour, while one survived ten hours.
The figures are the first to give a national picture of the number of babies who survive abortion but are left to die. [Thank goodness this is illegal in America with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act ]
...The report said the terminations were "predominantly on account of congenital anomalies", which may be life-threatening but which can also include problems such as cleft palate and club feet. [i.e. non-life threatening, can be fixed through surgery]
...Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends babies over 22 weeks which survive abortion should have their hearts stopped by lethal injection but this can be a difficult procedure for doctors. [so babies are treated like death row inmates, only worse]
...The findings follow evidence to MPs this week that foetuses feel pain before 24 weeks.... [!]
Couple's despair after daughter survives abortion at five monthsA baby born alive after a botched abortion at 21 weeks is among the worst cases reported in the UK.
The little girl, who had Down's Syndrome, lived for three hours after being delivered.
Her parents claim they were "coerced" into a termination by staff at Macclesfield District General Hospital. [It is all too common for doctors to encourage abortion for babies with even minor problems]
They were later told that their baby had not "really" been alive, even though she was clearly breathing. [For everything that's made of the "choice between a woman and her doctor," doctors are not giving women full scientific information about the development of their babies in the womb and the effects of abortion]
...The 44-year-old mother said: "If I had been given any idea that the baby would be born alive after an abortion I would never have gone through with it. They coerced me. [It is not a true "choice" if complete information is not given]
"I have seen how society treats children with disabilities and it frightened me to bring another special needs child into the world, but somehow we would have coped with it."
Two days before the abortion in March 2004, the woman was given tablets which she was told would kill the baby in the womb.
But to their distress the baby was still clearly moving.
They went back to hospital and were assured that the baby would die during labour.
Soon after birth, however, both parents saw it gasping for air.