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Doctor jailed for killing baby who ‘burst out crying’ after abortion

A doctor has been charged for killing a 34-week-old baby who “burst out crying” after a failed abortion.

According to the Korea Times, 65-year-old obstetrician Dr Yun received 28 million won (£18,292) to perform an abortion at his maternity clinic in Seoul, South Korea.

However, the baby, who at 34-weeks had a chance of survival outside the womb of that close to a full-term baby, was born alive during the failed abortion and started to cry.

Instead of caring for the baby, Dr Yun placed the live baby in a bucket of water and left it to die.

The Seoul Central District Court on Friday suspended Dr Yun’s medical license for three years and sentenced him to three and a half years in prison.  

A three-judge panel of the court said in a statement: “Medical staff who participated in the operation have consistently said they heard the baby crying… It is clear that the doctor killed the baby, who was born alive.”

Earlier this year, a former nurse revealed how babies born alive in ‘failed’ abortions in the US were left to die – something which could happen under Northern Ireland’s new extreme abortion regime.

Under the regime, there is no mention of a legal requirement that babies born alive after an abortion are resuscitated or provided with medical assistance.

This is more common than many people think. In 2008, a UK report found that 66 infants were born alive after NHS terminations in one year. The majority of those 66 babies took over an hour to die.

In Victoria, Australia, where there is a similarly extreme abortion law, scores of babies were left to die after being removed alive during a number of ‘botched’ terminations, according to one official review.

The review reported that in 2011 there were 40 ‘terminations of pregnancy’ after 20 weeks ‘resulting in live birth’. While these figures are comparable in scale, Victoria’s population of 5.5 million is just a tenth of Britain’s.

This shows the scale of this problem in an environment where there are very few legal safeguards around abortion.

A large number of Northern Ireland MLAs have called for an opportunity to introduce new legislation to the Northern Ireland Assembly to repeal the new extreme abortion regime.  

Meanwhile, pro-abortion group Alliance for Choice is considering legal action against the Northern Ireland Department of Health because five of the health trusts it governs are not yet offering abortion services.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health is currently facing the largest public health crisis in a generation and have ensured their focus is on saving lives from Coronavirus.

Rolling out abortion would take vital resources away from the fight against Coronavirus and could cost an estimated £5 million per year, with a senior economist warning it would place further “strain” on an “already over-stretched health service”.Services such as vital cancer screening, leukaemia treatment, and occupational therapy for a baby with a heart defect have already been put on hold.

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.