Several news sources have reported on the British study finding that one in 30 babies who are aborted for birth defects survive up to several hours (here, here, and here). These are usually late-term induced labor abortions, following testing for abnormalities.
gianna.bmpThe study itself, conducted over 10 years from 1995-2004 in 20 hospitals and published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, contained additional interesting information not yet reported:

  • The prevelance of TOPFA (termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly) was 1 in 253 conceptions
  • Date range of abortions was 8 to 40 weeks: ~20% were before 16 weeks, ~32% b/t 16-20 weeks; ~38% b/t 20-24 weeks, and 8.4% at or after 24 weeks
  • There were 264 abortions after 24 weeks. Of those, 94 were at or after 28 weeks and 26 were at or after 34 weeks….

  • Reasons? 39% were for chromosomal anomalies (would include Down syndrome), 25% for malformations of multiple systems, 23% for neural tube defects (would include spina bifida and anencephaly), 5% for kidney problems, and 5% for heart defects
  • Live born TOPFAs occurred in 18 of 20 hospitals
  • The median survival time of babies aborted alive was 80 minutes. Six survived 6+ hours.
  • At 23 weeks gestation, the number of babies aborted alive increased to almost 10%.
    [Photo, courtesy of The Evening Standard, is of Gianna Jesson, aborted alive 30 years ago at the age of 7.5 months]

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