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Couple who met as premature babies in hospital celebrate birth of baby girl

A couple who first met as premature babies in a neonatal unit in the same hospital are now engaged and have had a baby daughter who was born in the same hospital as they were.

In 1994, both Jack Richardson and Bronwyn Tacey were born prematurely at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Jack was born at 30 weeks and Bronwyn at just 26 weeks.

Their families became friends while the two babies were being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit. 

“I was in hospital for fourteen weeks before I came home”, Bronwyn said. “Jack was in intensive care. He was in there for a year with numerous hospital appointments”.

“It was touch and go whether we would both make it. It’s a complete miracle that we are both here”.

Once out of hospital, Jack and Bronwyn grew up together, but drifted apart over the years as they went to different schools and led different lives. However, later in life they connected again over social media and began dating.

“I always knew there was something – but I didn’t think we would make anything of it”, Bronwyn said.

“The first person he met”

Less than two years after reconnecting, the couple announced their engagement, and just a month later found out they were expecting a baby themselves.

“It was just amazing”, said Jack’s mother, Sharon”. The first person he met is the person he’s got a baby with”.

Baby Sienna was also born in Queen’s Medical Centre, the same hospital where Jack and Bronwyn first met as babies.

Bronwyn admitted that it is “strange” to explain how the couple first met, saying “I don’t know anyone else or any other relationships that are like this”.

She went on, “It’s a great partnership. “We’re like best friends as well as partners. It’s the best of both worlds”.

“It just feels really natural to be together”.

Over 30 years since the time limit for abortion was last updated

Medical care for premature babies has improved considerably since Jack and Bronwyn were born prematurely in 1994. The time limit of 24 weeks for abortions performed under section 1(1)(a) of the Abortion Act 1967, was introduced by section 37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

Prior to this change, the abortion limit had, de facto, been 28 weeks gestation set by the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, which made it illegal to “destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive”.

The introduction of a 24-week gestational limit in 1990 was significantly motivated by the results of a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) working party report on neonatal survival rates, which noted improvements in survival rates before 28 weeks of gestation.

During the debates ahead of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 becoming law, MPs referred to medical advances that had led to improved neonatal survival rates before 28 weeks gestation and the need for a reduction from 28 weeks.

Similarly, when the question of abortion time limits was revisited in 2008, the lowering of the abortion time limit in 1990 was again linked to the increased survival rates for babies born before 28 weeks gestation.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said “Congratulations to Jack and Bronwyn on the birth of their baby girl! This truly remarkable story highlights the amazing work of medical staff and the importance of scientific advancements in neonatal medicine. Without these, not only might Bronwyn and Jack not have survived to adulthood, but baby Sienna would not be here today either”.

Dear reader,

Thanks to your support, earlier this year the abortion lobby failed to pass two extreme abortion up to birth amendments tabled by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition. 

In the new Parliament, we will be facing major threats on not just one but three fronts: assisted suicide; experimentation on human embryos; and abortion up to birth:

  1. The first threat is from the assisted suicide lobby. The new Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer, has not only voted in favour of making assisted suicide legal in the past but also pledged ahead of the election that he would make time for MPs to vote on the introduction of assisted suicide. Now that he has been elected, we will be facing a big battle to stop assisted suicide from being legalised. To attempt to secure this law change, the assisted suicide lobby, led by the multi-million-pound outfit, Dignity in Dying, is expected to significantly ramp up their campaigning to put pressure on MPs to vote in support of introducing assisted suicide.
  2. The second threat is from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and their allies in biotech firms that undertake experimentation on the most vulnerable, precious and unique tiny babies - human embryos. These groups are running a major campaign to remove the 14-day limit from current legislation, so that scientists will be able to experiment on human embryos / unborn babies up to when they are 28 days or four weeks gestation. At around 22 days, the central nervous system begins to form and by 28 days, the heart has begun to beat, the brain has begun to develop and a baby’s eyes, ears and nose have started to emerge.
  3. The third threat is from the abortion lobby. Earlier this year the abortion lobby failed to pass two extreme abortion up to birth amendments that Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson tabled. The abortion lobby, led by BPAS and MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes International), has made it clear that they will be working with pro-abortion MPs to try and force through major changes to our abortion laws that would allow abortion up to birth. A law change that allows abortion up to birth was passed in New Zealand in 2020 by the then Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern’s Government, and that country saw a 43% increase in late-term abortions in the same year. 

If these three major threats from our opposition are successful, thousands of lives will be lost.

This year we successfully ran our biggest campaign in 26 years to fight the abortion lobby’s abortion up to birth amendments. This has used a considerable amount of Right To Life UK's limited resources since our last appeal for donations from supporters last year.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during the coming months, we are aiming to raise at least £100,000 by midnight on Sunday 14 July.

We are, therefore, appealing to you to please give as generously as you can. Every single donation, no matter how small, will go towards saving the lives of the unborn and many others.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

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