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Baby born one week before UK abortion time limit leaves intensive care

A New Zealand baby born at 23 weeks is now 9 months old and has left the hospital.

Declan Colquhoun, along with his brother Riley, was born in March at just 23 weeks gestation. He was so small, weighing only 400g, that his aunt’s wedding ring would have fitted around his arm.

Over the next two weeks, Riley sadly lost his life, but 8 months later, Declan is getting stronger every day. He now weighs 7kg.

At 22 weeks gestation, the twins’ mother Kathryn Hutchinson was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and had to have an emergency caesarean. The twins were born so early, that their eyes were still fused shut. They were immediately put on ventilators and neither their mother nor father were able to hold them.

After Riley died, the country went into lockdown and things got harder as only Declan’s mother was allowed to visit him in the hospital due to the risk of COVID-19. The father, Chris Colquhoun, was not able to see his son for six weeks.

“He was extremely fragile.”

Declan’s recovery has been a slow process. He had three surgical procedures within a week. In October though, Declan was well enough to go outside for the first time in his life. His parents took him for walks around the hospital grounds.

Last week, he was transferred out of intensive care to a special care baby unit at Hutt Hospital. He still requires oxygen and a tube to feed.

“It’s a step in the right direction”, Hutchinson said.

“Good things take time. His development is delayed but he’s smiling now and making quiet little noises”,

Born below the abortion limit

In England and Wales, it is legal to have an abortion up to the 24th week of gestation, despite the fact that babies, like Declan, can and do survive when they are born before that point.

In 2019, there were 3,675 abortions after 20 weeks. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that babies in the womb can feel pain as early as 12 weeks gestation.

In November of this year, a large number of MPs attended a Parliamentary webinar on foetal pain hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group (APPPG). It aimed to raise awareness of the need to review the science behind foetal pain and address the current contradiction in UK law concerning the treatment of the unborn.

Right To Life UK’s spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The number of babies born before the 24-week abortion limit in the UK, who go on to survive, is increasing all the time. While Declan was born alive at 23 weeks and is now flourishing, there are babies at the same gestation whose lives are ended by abortion whilst still in the womb”.

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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:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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