A British woman who gave birth to a living, crying baby boy after having an abortion recounted the heart-wrenching experience in a recent interview.
Earlier this month, the Bolton News reported baby Mohammed Rehman Ahmed was born crying on Feb. 17 at the Royal Bolton Hospital in England, about a day after his mother underwent a late-term abortion. The premature baby died a short time later in his mother Sofia Khan’s arms.
The family said they decided to abort the baby boy after he was diagnosed with spina bifida.
In a new interview with The Sun, Khan described what happened that day.
“I think his birth and death were so much more traumatic because I just wasn’t prepared for it – nobody was. Nobody had listened to me when I said I felt him kicking. Nobody believed me,” she said.
“And so the shock and the loss I felt were so much more powerful and I don’t think that will ever leave me. I think about my little boy every day. I hope in future that midwives will listen to mothers. A mother’s instinct is so powerful,” she continued.
Khan said she feels angry with the hospital because no one listened to her when she said her baby might still be alive.
“The hospital have offered their condolences to me but it doesn’t feel to me like they have actually apologized,” she said.
The underlying reason for the apology also is because her baby was not dead when he should have been.
Just as disheartening, the report suggests medical professionals encouraged Khan and her husband to abort their baby because he had a disability.
According to the report:
Neonatal consultant Dr Dinakar Seshadri, who had been called in after Mohammed was born said, in view of the serious difficulties the baby had, his parents had been correct to opt for termination.
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“At the time it was a brave decision and I believe it was the right decision they took,” he told the coroner.
Sofia finished: “I am still grieving. I think of him every day. But I have my older son to keep me strong and he makes me smile.”
Seshadri’s testimony is a frightening insight into the thinking of some modern medical professionals. In their minds, it is “brave” and “correct” to abort a baby with disabilities – even one who may survive, grow and thrive with medical treatment.
Spina bifida typically is not fatal, and a new in-utero surgical procedure is helping more unborn babies with the disorder to thrive. But even minor medical conditions, such as a cleft palate, prompt some doctors to encourage abortion.
Khan said she believes her baby boy fought to remain alive because he wanted her to hold him.
“He was such a fighter. He had a huge hole in his spine and he was very disabled, and yet he hung on to life for an hour,” she said. “I can’t help thinking that he was determined to have one cuddle with his mummy.”
Even if her son would have died naturally soon after birth, he deserved that chance to cuddle with his mother. And his parents deserved unbiased medical advice that did not treat their son as expendable simply because he had a disability.
“When I gave birth, and I heard him cry, I was in shock,” Khan said. “Everyone went into panic. I held him in my arms and I kissed him and told him how much I loved him. I am glad, despite the heartbreak, that I could spend that time with him.”
According to the report, she and her husband gave their son a full funeral and then buried him near their home.
This is what society has become, convincing heartbroken mothers like Khan that the most loving thing she can do for her unborn baby with a disability is to kill him. It should be an outrage. And yet, this eugenic push is largely ignored or even accepted.