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Born before the abortion limit, his parents refused to turn off his life support. 280 days later, he went home.

Born a week before the abortion limit and weighing only a pound, baby Chay is now nine months old and over ten times heavier than when he was born.

Baby Chay was born in Hillingdon Hospital in London in June 2021 to mum Megan Mcgee, 19, and dad, Bradley Jefferys, 22. Because of his premature birth, baby Chay was very unwell and had to spend 280 days in hospital. During that time, his parents twice defied doctors’ advice to turn off their son’s life support.

Mum Megan said that her pregnancy was going smoothly so it came as a real shock that he was born prematurely.

“I had a normal pregnancy apart from a tooth infection, I never expected to give birth prematurely”.

“I was in such agony and being given all sorts of antibiotics – I can’t think of another reason that he would have been born so early. The doctors agree with me that it was probably the antibiotics that triggered my early labour”.

Megan was relaxing at her mum’s house when she suddenly started to go into labour at just 23 weeks, and she was rushed to hospital where she gave birth within hours.

Chay was born still inside his amniotic sack and had to be resuscitated by medics.

Megan said: “When he was born, he didn’t cry as he wasn’t breathing”.

“It was horrible not knowing what was going on but a really lovely nurse took a little video of them working on him, so I had an idea of what was happening”.

“I got a quick glimpse of him after he started breathing but he was rushed off so quickly”.

When Chay was just three days old, doctors confirmed he had suffered grade four brain bleeds on both sides of his brain along with damage to the white matter and cerebellum.

At three weeks, his kidneys began to fail, and doctors advised the family to turn his life-support machines off.

“I said no right away, he had fought so hard I wasn’t going to give up on him”, Megan says.

“They kept suggesting it, but he just kept getting bigger and better and so eventually they stopped asking”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Abortion is legal up until 24 weeks in England and Wales and up to birth if the baby is disabled. But baby Chay and many others are born and survive before 24 weeks. Wonderful stories like this highlight not only that doctors make mistakes, but also that the abortion limit is now past the point of viability”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.