Abortion Activists are Mad That a Disabled Baby Wasn’t Killed in an Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 21, 2023   |   6:03PM   |   Washington, DC

A Florida unborn baby’s tragic diagnosis is being politicized by abortion activists to attack even modest limits on abortion.

The message that they are trying to convey is that it’s better to kill unborn babies with fatal diagnoses before they are born than allow them to live and die naturally.

According to The Mirror, the unborn baby is the child of Florida family Deborah and Lee Dorbert. Initially, the Dorberts said they were overjoyed at the news that they were expecting a second child.

However, midway through the pregnancy, the baby was diagnosed with a fatal disorder called Potter syndrome that affects the kidneys, the report states. Only a few children have survived with the disorder, including U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s 8-year-old daughter, Abigail.

In the Dorberts’ case, their unborn baby received a “doubly lethal diagnosis,” according to the report. Along with the kidney problems, Deborah Dorbert’s body is not producing amniotic fluid and doctors say the baby probably will not be able to breathe when he or she is born.

The Dorberts wanted an abortion, but, because Florida prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks, they could not find a doctor willing to abort their unborn child.

The law does include an exception “if two physicians certify in writing that the fetus has a fatal fetal abnormality and has not reached viability,” but the hospital that the Dorberts contacted refused to do the abortion anyway, the report continues.

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Instead, the family said they have arranged palliative care for the baby once he or she is born.

Perinatal hospice and palliative care are life-affirming support services that provide care for newborns with fatal conditions and their families, including pain management, comfort and other medical care until the baby dies. Often, families have the chance to hold their baby and take photos together, expressing their love for the short time that they have.

But the Dorberts wanted their unborn baby aborted, and they decided to share their frustration about abortion restrictions publicly. News outlets claim they are being “forced” to give birth and watch their baby die.

“We have never really understood,” Lee Dorbert told reporters. “We were told there was an exception … Obviously, [it’s] not enough of an exception in some cases.”

His wife told the Washington Post: “It makes me angry for politicians to decide what’s best for my health. We would do anything to have this baby.”

But babies with disabilities should not be an exception for abortion. Every child, no matter what their abilities or how long they are expected to live, is valuable and deserving of a right to life.

Soon, Florida may pass even stronger protections for unborn babies. In November, voters elected more pro-life Republicans to the state legislature, and Gov. Ron DeSantis recently confirmed he is willing to sign stronger pro-life legislation, potentially including a heartbeat law.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable.

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