Survival rates for babies born before the abortion limit increasing

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Survival rates for babies born before the abortion limit increasing

Babies are continuing to be born before or shortly after the abortion limit in Great Britain of 24 weeks’ gestation and going on to live and even thrive at greater rates than before. Studies suggest that the majority of premature babies grow up to be healthy adults without any major health problems.

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.

The survival rate for extremely premature babies has doubled over the past decade, prompting new guidance allowing doctors to try to save babies born as early as 22 weeks into a pregnancy.

As medical care continues to advance and the chance of survival for severely premature babies increases, the cruelty and irrationality of our abortion legislation comes under an increasingly unflattering light.

 

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