Friday, May 04, 2007

Late-term abortion in the UK-- a few nuggets of info

While browsing the internet, I stumbled on this document which is a report on bioethics from England.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has developed guidelines that include the recommendation that feticide (causing the death of a fetus) be carried out before the initiation of labour in terminations
after 21 weeks and six days of gestation to ensure that the fetus is not born alive.24 The College is also issuing new guidance about the management of pre-viable fetuses of less than 21 weeks, six days of gestation. The recommended method of feticide is an injection of potassium chloride into the fetal heart25 which stops the heartbeat. It is mostly regarded as a means of causing rapid death which does not require analgesia (see paragraph 4.19). Feticide pre-empts the possibility of dilemmas about whether a baby born alive after a termination should be resuscitated.


So because they don't want to confront the live baby, and confront these difficult issues, a baby has to have his heart punctured with potassium chloride so that he can die of a heart attack.

Since 2002, clinicians in England and Wales have been required to report whether feticide was performed in terminations.

If only there was such a law in Canada!

In 2005, 31% (approximately 800) of the terminations that took place at 20 weeks of gestation onwards in England and Wales were reported as including feticide.

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