Parents in England have released a beautiful photo of their daughter, born prematurely at 24 weeks, with the hopes that it will demonstrate the humanity of unborn babies who can be legally killed in abortions in the U.K.
Emily Caines, 35, has released photograph of birth of daughter Adelaide, born at 24 weeks but who was too small to survive even though that is within the 22-24 week time period that is the earliest for premature babies to survive. Caines hopes the photo will raise awareness of neonatal death and she hopes it will prompt lawmakers in Parliament to re-open debate around the 24 week legal abortion limit.
The London Daily Mail reports the story:
The current law allows babies to be terminated up to 24 weeks gestation – the point at which Adelaide was born.
Mrs Caines, 35, from Yeovil in Somerset, said: ‘Our picture shows Adelaide was not a foetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated is to me horrifying.
‘Our hospital was amazing and did all they could but Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live. That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit.’
‘Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life. Sadly in this day and age some people still find that offensive or uncomfortable.
‘I find it particularly hurtful when people use the term late miscarriage to describe our daughter because she was born so early into my pregnancy.
‘But I think this picture of her crying out shows that clearly that is not the case. I went through labour and delivery with both of my premature babies.
‘Adelaide lived for more than an hour and will always be very much part of our lives.’
Mrs Caines also lost her first daughter, Isabelle, who died during delivery as she arrived prematurely at 23 weeks.
Mrs Caines and her family and friends have now raised more than £4,000 for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands in light of her daughters’ deaths.