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Baby born at 26 weeks spends first Christmas in hospital

A baby born at 26 weeks in New Zealand, will be spending his first Christmas in hospital with his parents.

Amon Zare Josiah de Dios was born in a hospital in Wellington after his mother experienced pre-eclampsia during her second trimester. Amon was born extremely early weighing only 500g.

“We are actually taking him as a miracle baby, because the midwife said because of the shape of my uterus it’s hard for me to conceive”, his mother, Divine, said.

Amon’s mother and father were told that he had a low chance of survival and doctors were expecting to have to resuscitate him at birth. Instead, they heard his loud cries and were thrilled. Unfortunately, one of the vessels in his heart was open and he needed medicine.

Not the Christmas we were expecting

He’s now on an oxygen machine and has a gastric feeding tube, but he’s putting on weight – at 30 weeks and five days he weighed 789g.

Amon’s parents are staying at the Ronald McDonald House across the road from the hospital where their son is being looked after and are able to visit him four or five times a day.

Her sister and mother will spend Christmas day with the couple.

“This is not the Christmas we were expecting, but we are still thankful”.

Only two weeks after the abortion time limit in England, Wales and Scotland

Amon was born at 26 weeks which is only two weeks after the legal abortion limit in England,Wales and Scotland. Some babies are born even more prematurely than that and go on to survive.

Despite more and more accounts of babies being born and surviving outside of their mother’s womb at an earlier and earlier stage, the abortion limit remains at 24 weeks gestation and all the way up to birth for babies with disabilities.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said:

“This is yet another wonderful story about a baby born around or just after the abortion limit who has gone on to thrive. While Amon was offered all the medical help and technology that New Zealand had to offer, sadly there are many babies at a similar gestational age whose lives are intentionally ended through medical technology also. When will our politicians wake up and see the contradiction?”

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

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