Monday, March 31, 2008

UK: Yes, abortions are done at 36 weeks

Nah, they would never do abortions at 36 weeks.

So some abortion advocates think.

I found an abstract from the March 2008 issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics that studied late-term abortions at a tertiary care centre (Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College, London? I'd have to read the whole article). The study looked at 239 abortions performed at this tertiary centre, between the years 2000 and 2005.

The range of gestational ages were from 20 weeks, 6 days to 36 weeks, 3 days. Practically full-term, if you ask me.

They were killed by injecting potassium chloride into the baby's heart. I know some of you who are reading probably delivered children at that age.

Imagine taking that same baby and injecting potassium chloride into his heart.

That's just sick.

But hey, fetuses are not that important! And fetuses are none of our business. As Joyce Arthur would say. If they happen to suffer an injection of potassium chloride to the heart, well, too bad. They're not "living breathing" human beings, so their pain doesn't count. They had the misfortune of not drawing oxygen through their lungs, their welfare and suffering is utterly irrelevant.

Never mind that these babies would have had to been expelled through a normal delivery process anyway. They could have been delivered live and given palliative care. They would have been "living, breathing" by then, but since they're not before, who cares, right?

Oh here's an interesting little tidbit:

Potassium chloride injected directly in the left ventricle induces immediate asystole

Translation: they're saying that death is immediate. How immediate is "immediate"? Two minutes? That sounds like a pretty painful heart attack to me.

Maternal health issues were only indicated in 2.9% of the terminations. I am ready to bet that some of those indications included "mental health", i.e. a woman threatening to kill herself if she didn't get her abortion.

Interestingly, despite the widespread introduction of aneuploidy screening, chromosomal abnormalities, particularly trisomy 21, still represent the major indication for late TOP.

In spite of the fact that genetic testing has been introduced early in pregnancy, chromosomal abnormalities like Trisomy 21 are the most frequent reason for late-term abortions.

In other words, they're a form of eugenicism.

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