Baby Born One Week Shy of Abortion Gestation Ban in U.K. Thrives

Penny Starr | September 17, 2015 | 3:05pm EDT
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Kaci-Rose was born at 23 weeks gestation – just one week less than the 24-week limit for legal abortion in the U.K. She weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces and measures 10.8 inches long.

A photograph in an article published by Yahoo News online shows Kaci-Rose just slightly longer than her father, Marc’s, outstretched hand, and her doctors said she had a one percent chance of survival – odds she beat. Her parents finally got to take her home when she weighed in at a strapping 6 pounds 1 ounce.

"So far she has proved everyone wrong,” mother Sadie said. “I’m very thrilled with how far she has come.”

“Sadie and Marc are now keen to share their story with other parents to show the world that extremely premature babies can survive,” the Yahoo article states.

"As horrible as it is you must fight for your baby and let them have the chance,” Sadie said in the article. “Kaci-Rose has proved that it can go well.”

Another family was not as lucky when their daughter was born at 24 weeks. Tiny Adelaide died shortly after she was delivered in 2014, but her parents were so moved by the sight of their child while she was alive that they are now fighting to change the law in the U.K. that allows abortions at 24 weeks. That fight included releasing a photo of their newborn daughter crying out and waving her tiny fists.

"Our picture shows Adelaide was not a fetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated on grounds of a lifestyle choice is to me is horrifying,” mother Emily Caines told the U.K. Mirror.

"Our hospital was amazing and did all they could but Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live,” Emily said. "That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit."

According to a National Journal analysis using data from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank, in the United States four states allow abortions up to 22 weeks gestation – Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota. Three states allow abortions up to 24 weeks gestation – Nevada, New York, and South Carolina – and three states – Massachusetts, Virginia and Iowa – allow abortion up to 25 weeks gestation.

In seven states and the District of Columbia, there are no bans on when a woman can get an abortion. Those states are Alaska, Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

The remaining states ban abortion after “fetal viability,” or the baby’s ability to survive outside the womb, which is commonly 24 weeks or late in the second trimester of pregnancy.

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