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Baby girl given 1% chance of survival described as ‘Christmas miracle’ by mother who rejected abortion pressure

The mother of a baby girl given just a 1% chance of survival has described her birth as a “Christmas miracle” after rejecting pressure to have an abortion.

When Kirsty Mizon’s waters broke at just 13 weeks, doctors told her that her baby would pass away within 48 hours and that she should go home and wait for it to happen.

Recalling the event to Derbyshire Live, Kirsty said: “I was devastated. I went home and I waited for the inevitable to happen.

“But it didn’t. My baby’s heartbeat was still going strong.”

As her pregnancy progressed, the doctors persisted in offering her an abortion, telling the 23-year-old that her baby “will be handicapped and won’t be able to use his limbs.”

She said: “They gave her a one per cent survival rate because I was constantly losing amniotic fluid…

“Doctors said with no fluid the baby wouldn’t have any lung capacity or be able to move. It was awful.”

Kirsty began to make funeral arrangements for her unborn baby.

She revealed: “I had been in touch with a bereavement midwife before and I cried so many tears for the baby I thought I was going to lose. I was even put on antidepressants.”

When she finally went into labour at 29 weeks Kirsty was resigned to her unborn baby being a stillborn.

However, against all odds, baby Lacey was born alive at 29 weeks on 1 December weighing a tiny 3lbs.

Kirsty explained when she heard her baby cry, “it was the best feeling ever, the greatest sound I have ever heard.”

She added that baby Lacey is “doing really well” and only has one minor problem which can be fixed with physiotherapy.

It is hoped, Lacey can join her mother, her father, Lewis, and two brothers, Leo and Logan, in the family home in the new year.

She added: “I am still in shock. I just can’t believe I have a baby. A beautiful baby girl.

“She is my Christmas miracle.”

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Dear reader

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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