Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Yet Another Miracle Baby

This story ought to be on your must read list today. There are some people fighting the good fight in the UK, people we ought to be emulating. Two things really jump out at me in this story:

1. Abortion policy in the UK is actually much more restrictive than here in the US. Here abortion is legal right up until the moment a child is born. There it is illegal after 24 weeks and there is a significant effort to push that back to between 12-22 weeks. Any abortion, at any point in a pregnancy, is still murder and still abhorrent but at least they are moving in the right direction.

2. The "viable" point is being pushed younger and younger as well. Ellie-Suzanne was born at just 23 weeks gestation. A few years ago this would have been unthinkable. It is still miraculous but I think, depending on how God chooses to intervene, we're going to see the point at which a baby can survive outside the womb (with medical help) move earlier and earlier. In each of my pregnancies we had our main ultrasound at 20 weeks. Little Ellie was born just 3 weeks after that. What a miracle!

It should not be ignored that the challenges facing this little girl are far from over. But she is a person. She is a person now that she's going home from the hospital. She was a person when she was born at 23 weeks. She was a person when she was conceived. God bless her parents for understanding that.

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