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As many as 1 in 6 babies aborted after 12 weeks born alive: Danish study
Life Site News ^ | Tue Dec 18, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 12/19/2012 4:57:49 AM PST by IbJensen

AARHUS, Denmark, December 18, 2012 ( – In 2009 a Danish couple, Camilla Skovhus and Thomas Mikkelsen, decided to abort their late-term baby after an ultrasound showed that he likely had kidney disorders that might require dialysis and transplants after birth.

Staff at Aarhus Skejby hospital, where the abortion was performed, warned the couple that their baby might be born alive. He was. Their son lived a few hours after birth, dying slowly in his parents’ arms.

The following year the couple was pregnant again, only to be told once again that their son may suffer from the same kidney disorders. Once again the couple opted for a late-term abortion, and once again the child was born alive.

In both cases the couple held the babies, who they named Sejr and Hugo, and took pictures, then buried them in the cemetery. They still feel they did the right thing.

The couple recounted their story to Kristeligt Dagblad in the wake of the release of a study showing that their experience is far from isolated.

For the last 15 months, doctors at Aarhus University Hospital at Skejby have tracked how many babies are born showing signs of life following second-trimester abortions.

Statistics from Denmark’s second largest maternity clinic at the hospital show that out of 70 babies subjected to late-term abortions between August 2011 and November 2012, eleven – or sixteen percent – were born alive.

Previously, medical professionals estimated only ten percent of infants gasped or showed other signs of life following abortions performed between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy.

Denmark allows unrestricted legal abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy. After that, abortions are only permitted if the baby is expected to die shortly after birth due to defects, or if social circumstances cause the state to declare the mother unfit – for example, if the mother is a very young girl. Mothers seeking late term abortions must appeal to the state for special permission.

Peter Øhrstrøm, professor and theorist of science at Aalborg University and former member of the Council of Ethics, told Kristeligt Dagblad that when babies show signs of life after late abortion, it raises fundamental and serious ethical questions about the way permits for late abortion are handled.

“The requirement in the law is that the fetuses that you give permission to abort are not viable,” said Øhrstrøm. “So when there are signs of life in the late-aborted fetuses, it appears that you have some babies that should not have been aborted, and that we should re-look at the rules and practices governing the authorization of late abortion.”

University of Copenhagen professor Birgit Petersson, who just retired after 27 years on Denmark’s Abortion Appeals Board, said the number of babies born alive after abortion is on the rise. She said the solution is simple: A potassium injection to heart of the baby before the abortion begins will ensure the child is born dead.Said Petersson, “I have sat on the Abortion Appeals Board for decades, and it is only in recent years that problems have emerged. If today it is more likely than before that fetuses are viable, the doctors in those departments need to switch to potassium syringes.”

The number of late-term abortions in Denmark has been rising steadily, from 659 in 2004 to 877 in 2010. If the one in six figure from the Aarhus study bears out, that means an estimated 140 babies were born alive after abortion in 2010 and allowed to die.

“It frightens me,” said Olav Bjørn Petersen, of Aarhus Hospital. “It is crucial, however, to inform and take care of the couple who lands in a situation where an aborted fetus shows signs of life, and make sure, at least, the staff is trained to take care of it.” He said Aarhus has created a special ward where six midwives work only with late abortions.

Camilla Skovhus and Thomas Mikkelsen, whose two sons were born alive after abortions, have followed the debate over whether Denmark should do as Birgit Petersson suggests and ensure more efficient abortions via potassium injection. They’re aware that many people think it would be easier if late abortions were quicker and less painful.

But Skovhus said, “Why should we hurry to help the babies die? It does not make the pain less. The children die no matter what, if they are killed in the stomach or die in the arms of their parents. I can only think that they must be happy that they die together with people who want to take care of them.”

The Danish study was released weeks after LifeSiteNews confirmed with Statistics Canada that nearly 500 babies have been born alive after failed abortions over the past decade in Canada.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: abortion; evil; murder; sickdanes
This story is sickening with these parents deciding to take the lives of 2 children on 2 seperate occasions through late term abortions, just in case the babies have a kidney problem, and then they play the grieving parents, choosing to have the murdered baby die in thier arms, not once but twice they did this. Hidius murderers, and then they make a little graveyard for the children that they said, yes kill the baby it might be sick, and then we will watch it die, oh poor us,our babies died because we murdered them instead of nurturing them. And the so called experts comments are chilling and sickening.
1 posted on 12/19/2012 4:57:57 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

That Denmark has a problem with sociopaths is an understatement. If they chose to abort all the babies likely to have that condition, in about 50 years there’d be a couple of old Arab ladies holding down the fort and that’d be about it!

2 posted on 12/19/2012 5:03:02 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen

“likely had kidney disorders that might require dialysis and transplants”

At 12 weeks, the assessment of “likely” and “might” are pure BS.

This is population control at its worst!

3 posted on 12/19/2012 5:37:32 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: IbJensen

These doctors diagnoses are often wrong too

4 posted on 12/19/2012 5:54:51 AM PST by GeronL (
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To: IbJensen

God forbid that those parents would have to take special care of their child to help treat a disorder!

People like this need to be banned from having children. If you don’t want to take care of your child, why have one? Is it a status symbol? To feel good about yourself? Being a parent should mean supporting your child 100%, not killing one after another in search of some elusive vision of an “ideal” child.

You know what? Banning them from having children doesn’t go far enough. I’d have them arrested and/or committed.

5 posted on 12/19/2012 6:29:29 AM PST by Cato in PA (May America reap the putrid fruit of the demon seed it's sown.)
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To: IbJensen

Someday they will kneel at the throne of God and be held accountable for all their actions on this earth. God is a merciful God, but how His heart must break at our selfishness and disregard for others! He who so generously sacrificed His only Son for our miserable souls sees us sacrifice our unborn for our immediate needs, our convenience, our finances, or whatever feeble excuse we find.

God forgive us! The acceptance of the murder of the unborn leads to the acceptance of the murder of the infirm, the disabled, the elderly, the misfits...we are no better now than the ancients who sacrificed their children to false gods, or the Nazis who set out to exterminate the Jews.

Oh, this world definitely needs Jesus—and His judgement and justice!

6 posted on 12/19/2012 7:12:29 AM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: IbJensen

what makes it incredibly hideous is that they did this TWICE...

7 posted on 12/19/2012 7:23:13 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos; IbJensen
what makes it incredibly hideous is that they did this TWICE...And counting.

Fixed it for you.

8 posted on 12/19/2012 7:52:13 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: G Larry
At 12 weeks, the assessment of “likely” and “might” are pure BS.

You sure got that right... I remember my brother and SIL coming back from an ultrasound with a doctor's recommendation to abort because 'they saw something or other'. They chose to ignore and the rest is history... a bouncing fully healthy baby boy. One couldn't even hazard a guess at how erroneous such information is… probably most of it.

9 posted on 12/19/2012 2:56:09 PM PST by hecticskeptic
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To: wagglebee; metmom

Moral absolutes ping?

10 posted on 12/20/2012 11:19:15 PM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: GeronL
These doctors diagnoses are often wrong too

Actually, I'd say *usually*. The stories of an accurate diagnosis based on an ultrasound are few and far between. The stories of an incorrect diagnosis based on medical testing are legion.

People who murder their own flesh and blood on such a flimsy basis deserve what they get. They are nothing but mercenaries, purveyors of flesh.

So this couple watched their babies die. Good. They need to know what they did - murdered their own children.

They don't deserve to be parents.

11 posted on 12/21/2012 6:23:33 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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