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Report: 1 in 6 Babies in Denmark Survive Failed Abortions

by Wesley J. Smith | Copenhagen, Denmark | LifeNews.com | 12/18/12 12:40 PM

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A report out of Denmark says that 1 in 6 aborted late term babies there show signs of life after temporarily escaping death and being born. (Once a baby is born, he or she should no longer be considered a fetus.)

From the Politiken DK story:

For the first time ever in Denmark, a survey has shown how many foetuses show signs of life following a late term termination, according to Kristeligt Dagblad. Previously, conventional wisdom has suggested that 10 per cent of foetuses gasped or showed other signs of life following a late term abortion between the 12th and 22nd week of pregnancy. But statistics from Denmark’s second largest maternity clinic at the Aarhus University Hospital Skejby show that out of 70 late terminations between August 2011 and November 2012, 11 – or 16 per cent – showed signs of life. Translated into national figures from 2010, during which 877 foetuses were terminate after the 12th week, the statistical figure for life signs in aborted foetuses would be 140.

That means the possibility of suffering. And here’s the proposed remedy:

The Danish Infant Death Association says parents should be given the possibility of choosing a potassium chloride injection to stop the foetal heart before a termination in order to ensure that the foetus is stillborn. The method is in use in the United States and elsewhere.

I didn’t know that. Note the use of the term “stillborn,” which implies a natural death when this is anything but. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

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LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. He writes at his blog, Secondhand Smoke.