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Surprise Christmas present as mum goes into labour 13 weeks early at Welsh beauty spot

A Yorkshire couple received a surprise when a mum went into labour 13 weeks early whilst they were visiting North Wales over Christmas. Parents Charlotte and Olly Cooper were taken aback when Charlotte went into labour whilst walking in Dingle Local Nature Reserve, a popular beauty spot in Anglesey on Boxing Day last year. 

“I realised something was not quite right but I didn’t expect to be in labour”

The couple were visiting Charlotte’s sister in North Wales over Christmas and didn’t realise that Charlotte had gone into labour when she first started feeling pain. Mrs Cooper said “I realised something was not quite right but I didn’t expect to be in labour”. 

Just to be sure, her sister drove her to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor to be checked over only to realise that she was in premature labour. 

After being transferred to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, baby Phoebe was born there 13 weeks early, weighing just two pounds 10 ounces – little more than a bag of sugar.

Thriving Phoebe’s “a little bundle of joy”

Phoebe is now thriving, mum said, and is a “little bundle of joy”. Despite being six months old, her corrected age is just three months. She’s now weighing twelve pounds, is the size of a three month old, and has just learnt to roll over! 

Just weeks before, Charlotte’s cousin Luke, and his wife Arabella, had their own surprise when their little girl, Maeve, arrived 11 weeks early. Both families are now raising money to support the special care baby units that helped their little girls to make it. 

Premature births challenge pro-abortion groups

The abortion provider, BPAS, is leading a campaign that is seeking to fully ‘decriminalise’ abortion. 

In England and Wales, this would involve repealing sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act along with the Infant Life (Preservation) Act

This change in law would scrap the current 24-week time limit for abortion, and abortion would be available on demand, for any reason, up to birth. The upper time limit would be completely abolished.

BPAS has made it explicit that it is campaigning to remove all gestational time limits for abortion.

“Deeply disturbing” proposals for abortion up to birth

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said “Beautiful babies Phoebe and Maeve were born just weeks after the UK abortion limit. Their births show us how far medical advances have come in helping babies born prematurely to survive and thrive”. 

“It is deeply disturbing to read the story of these wonderful babies alongside news of those campaigning to remove all legal limits on abortion and allow abortion on demand up to birth. If certain pro-abortion campaigners had their way, babies like Phoebe and Maeve could be aborted at the time that they were born”. 

“The humanity of these little girls should remind us of the humanity of the child in the womb and highlights how the abortion laws in the UK need to change urgently”.

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.