Skip to comments.Survival of premature baby of 23 weeks calls UK abortion laws into question
Posted on 01/07/2009 12:00:55 PM PST by NYer
.- A premature baby born in Britain 23 weeks into pregnancy has been allowed to return home six months after her birth, prompting her parents to question the British laws which permit unborn children like her to be aborted.
Lexie Slater-Folksman weighed only 1 lb, 8 oz. at delivery. She was put on life support, her parents being warned that she might not survive, the Daily Mail reports.
Her eyes not having developed fully, Lexie required laser surgery when she was just one month-old. She also suffered collapsed lungs and spent weeks on ventilator equipment.
Lexies parents, the 20-year-old Sarah Slater and her 25-year-old fiancé Richard Folksman, said their daughters case proves that abortion laws are outdated and should be changed.
We're so glad to have Lexie home with us at last and it just shows how outmoded our laws on abortion are, Slater told the Daily Mail.
Some mothers-to-be would be able to legally terminate their pregnancy at 23 weeks - yet my Lexie is living proof babies can survive being born so prematurely.
I never realized a baby would be so well developed at 23 weeks and they do have a chance of life.
In May British MPs voted to preserve the legal limit for abortions at 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Lexies mother was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke. Doctors attempted to halt labor, fearing the baby wouldnt survive.
Lexie was born a week later.
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God bless them!...............
....reminds me of a friend’s kid....born at about the same incubation period.......she weighed 600 GRAMS....about 1.3 pounds.
What Lexie's loving mom says is true. Yet on a deeper level, we all know that the so-called viability argument --that it's somehow okay to crush, shred, or slice up a pre-born baby who isn't yet "viable"...but it's not okay to kill a "viable" one-- is absurd.
But such is the illogical stuff that our laws, beginning with Roe v. Wade, are made of.
Nothing comparable to the Roe v. Wade regime exists anywhere in the civilized(?) world, excepting Canada, where there are simply no laws.
Friend’s grandbaby was born in Miami at 20 weeks, IIRC, and weighed 1 pound. The Bishop and a Priest kept a 24 hour vigil at the foot of his bed until he was released to go home after 12 months. He had to have similar eye surgery and has a touch of cerebral palsy. He is currently in regular high school classes in his senior year of HS. Plays the trumpet in the Marching Band and takes Driver’s Ed. He’s on ADHA meds (the newer ones that Medicaid balked at, but is now paying for) which have no drugged feeling side effects and we are praying that he answers God’s Priestly Call on his life. (He wakes up during the night and reads the Bible, then after Mass asks very theological questions of his Priest. He has in the past said that he felt a Call to the Priesthood.)
The Freedom of Choice Act will abolish all abortion laws here.