A heartbreaking story from England this week exposes some of the pro-abortion movement’s most pernicious lies: Babies do survive abortions, and many mothers regret their decisions to end their unborn babies’ lives.
Loran Denison, 27, of Blackburn, Lancashire, England, learned the truth too late.
She recently told British news outlets how she watched in horror after her son was born alive in an abortion and struggled to live for 10 hours before he died, the Daily Mail reports.
“If I had known he would be born alive I probably would have made a different decision,” Denison said. “I thought I was doing the right thing but now I think I have done the wrong thing. He just looked so normal.”
Doctors likely encouraged her to have an abortion after her unborn son was diagnosed with Edwards’ syndrome earlier this year. Most babies who have the condition die shortly before or after birth, but some survive. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s daughter, Bella, is one example. She is 12.
Denison said her unborn son was diagnosed at 15 weeks, and she and her partner Scott Watson, 35, decided to have an abortion.
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“They told me he had typical Edwards’ Syndrome so would pass away before or just after birth,” she said.
On April 6, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, Denison said her doctor gave her abortion drugs to end her unborn baby’s life. Two days later, she said she went to the Women and Newborn Unit at Burnley General Hospital where they induced labor, according to the report.
But instead of being born dead, on April 9, her son was born alive, struggling to breathe as his heart continued to beat, she said. He weighed 150 grams.
“When my partner picked him up after he was born he said, ‘His heart is beating,’ and they said, ‘No way,’” Denison said. “When I took the first tablet on the sixth they said it would stop the pregnancy, heartbeat and everything, so we expected he wouldn’t be alive when he was born. They didn’t check for a heartbeat before inducing labor, and I wish they had. I don’t have words for how awful it was.”
They named their son Kiyo Bleu Watson and had him christened and blessed at the hospital before he died, according to the report.
For 10 hours, they watched him struggle for life while the doctors and nurses apparently did nothing.
“They said his heart will stop in the next half hour, and I kept ringing the bell to say he was still alive, and I said, ‘Do you just leave him?’ and they said, ‘Yes,’” his mother told The Sun.
At 18 weeks, Kiyo Bleu was not viable outside the womb, but it is not clear if the doctors or nurses offered any comfort care to ease his pain until he died.
His mother said watching him struggle for hours was “like torture.”
“You just want to keep your children alive,” she said. “I thought I had done the hard bit when I made the difficult decision to have an abortion, but now it feels ten times worse. I just want other mums to know in case this happens to them. I had to watch his heartbeat getting slower and watch his life draining out of him.”
Babies do survive abortions, though no one is sure exactly how many. In America, most states do not keep track of abortion survivors, but a few do.
Between 2016 and 2018, three states reported 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions. According to the state health data, 11 babies were born alive in Minnesota, 10 in Arizona and 19 in Florida. Texas reported six babies were born alive in botched abortions in 2019. In Michigan, state health reports from 2008 through 2013 indicate that 11 babies were born alive during abortions.
Reports from other countries prove that babies survive abortions, too, and legal protections for them are needed. In Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Information recorded 766 late-term, live-birth abortions over a five-year period in 2018. And in Australia, the country’s health minister admitted that 27 babies survived abortions in the state of Western Australia between 1999 and 2016. A report out of Ireland in the fall also suggests babies are surviving abortions and being left to die there.
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