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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.

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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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