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Baby Boy survives abortion nearly two days

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__Baby Boy

__Survives For

__Nearly Two

__Days After

__Abortion



By Simon Caldwell

____April 28th, 2010

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The 22-week infant later died
in intensive care at a hospital
in the mother’s home town of
Rossano in southern Italy.


The mother,
pregnant for the first time,
had opted for an abortion after
prenatal scans suggested that
her baby was disabled.

However the infant
survived the procedure,
carried out on Saturday in
the Rossano Calabria hospital,
and was left by doctors to die.


He was discovered
alive the following day –
some 20 hours after the operation –
by Father Antonio Martello,
the hospital chaplain,
who had gone to pray
beside his body.


He found that the baby,
wrapped in a sheet with his
umbilical cord still attached,
was moving and breathing.


The priest raised the alarm
and doctors immediately arranged
for the infant to be taken to a
specialist neonatal unit at a
neighbouring hospital where
he died on Monday morning.
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Italian police are investigating
the case for “homicide” because
infanticide is illegal in Italy.


The law means that doctors
have had an obligation to try
to preserve the life of the child
once he had survived the abortion.


The Italian government is also
considering an inquiry into the
conduct of the hospital staff.


The case has reignited controversy
on the legality of abortion in the
proudly Roman Catholic country.


It could also raise questions
in Britain over the legal upper
limits for abortion and the
viability of the foetus –
or its ability to survive
outside of the womb.


A spokesman for the
ProLife Alliance said:
“There cannot be anybody
in the world who is not
horrified by a story like
this nor anybody in the
UK who would not
support a massive reduction
in the upper limit for abortion.”
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Most abortions at 22 weeks
simply involve the induction
of the birth which normally
results in the death
of a young foetus.


The case is causing uproar
in Italy because it is the second
involving a foetus of that age
surviving the procedure
in just three years.


The other involved a baby
in Florence who weighed
just 17oz when he was aborted
at 22 weeks because of a
suspected genetic disorder
but lived for three days.


Since 1978 abortion has been
available on demand in Italy
in the first three months of
pregnancy but is restricted
to specific circumstances –
such as disability-
in the second trimester.

The government is
considering a review
of the working of the laws.


The case also comes as
figures in Britain revealed
last week that the number
of babies born weighing only
2lbs has more than doubled
in just two years.


Yet the proportion of tiny babies
born stillborn has nearly halved,
the health service statistics
have shown.
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The figures do not reveal
at what stage the babies were
born but a child weighing under
2lbs is likely to have been born
at least three months early.


They will inevitably include
some born alive at an age
when they could,
in other circumstances,
have been aborted.


More than 200,000 abortions
are performed each year,
most for non-medical reasons
within the legal upper limit
of 24 weeks gestation.


The increasing number of babies
surviving below 24 weeks,
partly because of advances
in medicine,
has led to widespread calls
for the legal upper limit to
be further reduced.


Attempts to lower the limit
failed in Parliament in 2008.


In 2005 a baby boy in
Manchester was born
alive at 24 weeks after
surviving three attempts
to abort him.

He is now a
five-year-old schoolboy.

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