Former nurse reveals babies born alive are left to die – could soon be reality for Northern Ireland

A former nurse has revealed how babies born alive in ‘failed’ abortions in the US are being left to die, something which could happen under the Conservative’s proposed extreme abortion framework for Northern Ireland.

Jill Stanek, now the National Campaign Chair to US-based pro-life charity Susan B. Anthony List, testified about her “traumatising experience” before the US Senate Judiciary Committee to make a case for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

If passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by President Donald Trump, the Act would require healthcare professionals to give the same degree of care to babies who survive ‘failed’ abortions as they do to any other newborn.

Under the Conservative Government’s proposed framework for abortion in Northern Ireland such protections won’t be offered to babies who survive abortions there.

Jill described in graphic detail the procedure known as ‘labour-induced abortion’, stating that the goal of the procedure is simply “to cause a pregnant mother’s cervix to open so that she will prematurely deliver a baby who dies during the birth process or soon afterward…”

“Although some doctors kill babies before starting this procedure by injecting a medication or potassium chloride through her mother’s abdomen into the baby’s heart to cause instant cardiac arrest, many… don’t.

“In the event a baby was aborted alive, he or she received no medical assessments or care but was only given what my hospital called ‘comfort care.’”

Jill then shared her own experience from her time as a nurse at a hospital that committed abortions.

In a particularly horrifying episode, one mother “was not only shocked when her little boy was aborted alive, she was also shocked that he didn’t appear to have the external physical deformities she had been told he was going to have. The mother screamed for someone to help her baby, and my colleague rushed to call a neonatologist over from the unit.”

“The mother was so traumatised that my friend had to give her a tranquilizer,” she added. The baby died within half an hour.

Recounting the night a baby with Down’s syndrome who had survived an abortion and was left to die in the hospital’s soiled utility room she said:

“I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone, so I rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived. He was 21 to 22 weeks old, weighed about half a pound, and was about the size of my hand.”

She added: “From what I observed, it was not uncommon for a live aborted baby to linger for an hour or two or even longer. One abortion survivor I was aware of lived for almost eight hours.”

The hospital Jill worked has previously admitted “between 10 percent and 20 percent” of ‘aborted’ babies “survive for short periods.”

Another night, while an abortion was taking place in one room, Jill recalled that she needed help with the delivery of a wanted full-term baby just a few doors down the hall.

However, when she asked for help, the nurse taking care of the aborting mother and aborted baby told her that she and a fellow nurse were “busy”.

Jill said: “I thought about how insane it was that there was no one to help me with my healthy delivery only because they were busy wrapping another baby they had caused to die.”

The debate will continue in both the US Senate and House of Representatives. However, in Northern Ireland no such debate will occur.

In the proposed framework, there is no mention of a legal requirement that babies born alive after an abortion are resuscitated or provided with medical assistance, despite the issue being more common than many people first 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 ‘failed’ 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.

Hundreds of thousands attend US March for Life

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the US marched in Washington DC on Friday to celebrate life and call on their political leaders to defend the unborn.

A time-lapse video, by Students for Life America, shows the huge turnout of pro-life campaigners attending the 47th annual US March for Life. 

Individuals carried an assortment of creative and emotive pro-life signs with phrases such as: “I vote pro-life!” and “She can have her baby and her dreams too”.

The former phrase references to a new poll which revealed that the majority of Americans want to vote for candidates who will protect unborn babies from abortion in this year’s elections.

The latter phrase relates to an actress who alluded to having an abortion in her Golden Globes acceptance speech, this year, saying she “wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose.”

President Trump became the first US president in history to attend America’s largest pro-life rally. Addressing the crowds, he said: “We’re here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child born and unborn…”

Pro-life demonstrations across the world have also seen record numbers in attendance in recent years.

Already, this year, a record-breaking 9,000 people attended the March for Life in Chicago, Illinois. Over 8,000 people gathered for the Celebrate Life rally in Denver, Colorado carrying signs that read, “Civil rights begin in the womb” and “I am the pro-life generation.”

In 2019, over 50,000 Slovakians called on the country’s leaders to protect unborn babies. Pro-life demonstrations in Northern Ireland reached over 20,000 people, over 11,000 marched for life in the Netherlands, over 5,000 people marched for life in the UK, and over 2,000 people attended New Zealand’s March for Life.

Large numbers are also expected to attend the UK March For Life which will take place in London on 13 June.

Majority of Americans want new legislation protecting unborn babies, wide-ranging poll reveals

The majority of Americans want to protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy, a new poll has found. 

The new Marist Poll, shows seven in ten Americans want to protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. Nearly half (47%) of respondents who identify as ‘pro-choice’ agreed. 

Additionally, the survey found that almost two-thirds of Americans (65%) say they “are more likely to vote for” candidates who would protect unborn babies from abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. This includes more than four in 10 (44%) people who identify as Democrat voters – despite the party trying to introduce abortion up to birth in some US states. 

A new Gallup poll, released this week, also found a record number of Americans are unhappy with the nation’s abortion laws – a shift mostly caused by growing dissatisfaction among Democrats. 

Additionally, six in ten Americans oppose the use of tax dollars for abortion in the US, while an overwhelming three-quarters of Americans oppose funding overseas abortion. 

The January 2020 poll finds that, by a margin of more than five to one (80% to 14%), Americans say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child. 

By more than 10 percentage points (52% to 41%), a majority of Americans, believe that women should be required to have an ultrasound prior to having an abortion.

The results of the polling were released ahead of the 47th annual March for Life in Washington DC, which attracted hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers yesterday. 

Yesterday, President Trump became the first-ever president in history to speak at the march.

The results echoes what we see in the UK where polling, from Savanta ComRes on whether time limits for abortion should be increased showed only 1% of women wanted the abortion time limit to be increased right through to birth. In contrast, 70% of women who favoured a reduction in time limits.

Similarly, to the US, there seems to be a growing dissatisfaction among voters towards candidates more likely to vote for abortion policies. Analysis, conducted by Right To Life UK, shows the current number of pro-life MPs has increased while the pro-abortion lobby has lost a large number of MPs.

Catherine Robinson, a spokesperson for Right To Life UK said: 

“Surveys like these show the limitations and illusion of the ‘pro-choice’ label and how misleading it can be. Polling consistently shows a significant number of people who identify as pro-choice also support a variety of pro-life positions.

“Pro-abortion activists, around the world, often conflate the pro-choice label to claim support for a whole host of extreme abortion measures that in reality very few people want to see. We see this in the UK with Marie Stopes International, BPAS and other activist groups aiming to hoodwink the general public and lawmakers in their push for more extreme abortion laws. 

“However, in the UK, over 70% of women want the abortion limit to be reduced to 20 weeks or lower. Only 1% of the population want abortion to be available up to birth.”

US stops federal funding for research using aborted baby parts

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The US Department of Health and Social Services (HHS) has ended taxpayer funded federal research using the remains of aborted foetuses.

HHS recognised “the dignity of human life” as a “top priority” in determining what counts as ethical research. “Promoting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death is one of the very top priorities of President Trump’s administration,” the department said in a statement.”

However, privately funded research using parts of aborted babies is still able to continue.

Any research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that desires to use new foetal remains for its research will no longer be conducted under this policy change.

As for future aborted-tissue research that applies for federal funding but takes place outside NIH, “an ethics advisory board will be convened to review the research proposal and recommend whether, in light of the ethical considerations, NIH should fund the research project—pursuant to a law passed by Congress.”

HHS also said that it was committed to funding ethical alternatives which does not involve the use of foetal remains.

After an abortion, it is possible to harvest the dead foetal remains for use in medical research.

Planned Parenthood were embroiled in a scandal in 2015 after they were discovered to negotiating the trading of baby body parts for research. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) also openly admitted to being involved in harvesting of baby parts for research following an abortion.

However, biochemistry expert Dr. Tara Sander Lee testified before the US Congress last December that fetal tissue research is medically unnecessary.

She explained that “after over 100 years of research, no therapies have been discovered or developed that require aborted fetal tissue,” and that researchers have access to a wealth of ethical sources for human tissue, including cells (which can be examined using things like a range of microcentrifuge tubes) that can be given the coveted quality of pluripotency, or the ability to become other types of tissue. So fetal tissue is not needed (as Dr . Tara Sander Lee argues anyway). There are other ways that things can be discovered and developed. It doesn’t matter how long it takes.