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PM announces birth of son whose ultrasound scan helped him get through coronavirus

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning.

Both mother and baby are doing very well, their spokesperson has said.

They added: “The prime minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

Johnson only returned to work Monday after spending a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care, suffering from coronavirus.

Earlier this month, it was revealed his recovery from the illness was aided by seeing ultrasound scans of his unborn son.

His concerned fiancé sent Johnson daily letters and scans of their unborn baby to lift his morale while he was in intensive care.

A Downing Street source had told the Sun at the time: “It’s been a very, very worrying time for Carrie. She has been urging Boris to get well for their unborn child.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock posted on Twitter: “So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!”

And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.” 

Boris Johnson’s position on life issues is largely unclear. Since becoming an MP in 2001, Johnson has abstained from the majority of votes on life issues. 

However, in 2015 he was among 330 MPs who roundly defeated a Bill seeking to introduce assisted suicide in the UK.

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.

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