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Mum performs CPR on baby born before abortion limit to save his life

A baby who was born below the abortion limit and given CPR by his mother to save his life is now a healthy two year old.

Baby Logan was born in Gloucestershire in June 2018, at 23 weeks and 4 days’ gestation, weighing only 550g. His mum, Anna Beard, had a difficult pregnancy from early on with frequent heavy bleeding from when she was around 13 weeks pregnant.

Anna said: “At 23 weeks I had a scan. I was asked if I wanted to continue the pregnancy as chance of survival was thought to be none”.

“There I was told I had no waters, I said I would carry on and I went home”.

“I was in my mind expecting to miscarry”.

A few days after the scan Anna started experiencing pain which got so bad she called an ambulance but before the ambulance could even arrive, her son Logan was born.

“The next second I had a baby in my hands”

“I was just at the front door getting ready to go. Then the pains were overwhelming. The bathroom is next to the front door. Stepped into the bathroom quickly and I had this feeling like painful wind. The next second I had a baby in my hands”, she said.

Babies born as early as Logan are often called micro-preemies. Amazingly, Anna performed CPR on her own newborn son to help him breathe and then watched him take his first breath.

After the paramedics arrived, Logan was sent to Bristol Children’s Hospital, which had the specialist equipment needed for such a premature baby.

Logan was in hospital from June to November before he was able to go home.

Anna said: “Logan was in Bristol for around two and a half months. Then we went to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital again”.

“He only weighed 550 grams”

Logan’s mum said: “I remember when I saw him, because he was so premature, his eyes were still fused shut. His toes and fingers were still almost webbed”.

“He only weighed 550 grams and he was quite almost see through. You could see all of his veins”.

“He was covered in an almost bubble wrap moisture blanket which almost simulates the womb. We were able to watch him develop almost how he would have if he was still in me growing”.

“I was able to give him a cuddle finally when he was three weeks old. Logan was so small and covered in all these wires”.

“Logan is now two years old, and yes he is a little bit behind in some ways, but he is a normal little boy”.

Born before the abortion limit

It is becoming more and more common for babies born before the abortion limit in Britain to survive. In October last year, an even more premature baby was born in Scotland almost 2 weeks below the abortion limit. Sofia Viktoria Birina weighed only 500g, but by February this year she was healthy enough to be sent home with her parents.

Baby Logan and baby Sofia are not alone in being born so prematurely and going on to survive. A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October 2019, followed 2.56 million babies born in Sweden between 1973 and 1997, around six percent of whom were born prematurely.

Researchers compared the health data of the premature babies to those that had been born at full term. They found that 55% of premature babies had no serious chronic, physical, or mental health issues by early adulthood. This is compared to 63% for babies born at full term.

Additionally, with each passing decade, the odds of survival for a premature baby to adulthood have improved from about 91% of babies born in the 1970s to about 96% of those born in the 1990s.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “These wonderful stories of severely premature babies going on to survive are becoming almost common-place. How long will it take our lawmakers to re-examine our cruel abortion laws that permit abortion even after the point at which babies are able to survive outside of the womb?”

“Of course, babies who cannot survive outside the womb have the same dignity and worth as the babies that can, and their lives should not be ended either. But the fact that more and more premature babies are going on to survive undercuts one of the main reasons given for our current abortion law”.

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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.

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