Canadian pro-life leaders are calling for an investigation into the possibility that babies are being routinely left to die following late-term abortions. According to Statistics Canada, 182 died after being born alive in 2013-2014, a 16 percent increase over 2011-2012.
Pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney, who has reported on the issue over the last few years, wrote: “…we can assume that at least some of these babies were probably aborted because of serious fetal abnormalities, as reported in this National Post story at 5 months gestation.”
As for the others, we cannot be sure. Many hospitals in Canada make it a policy to kill the babies in utero, before delivery. The definition of a child born alive include any who have a heartbeat, breathe, or show signs of voluntary muscle movement.
According to Life News:
The National Post found many doctors dismissing the concerns about babies being left to die but only one willing to go on the record: Dr. Douglas Black, president of the Canadian Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He said babies who show life are simply “allowed to pass away, depending on what the circumstances are, sometimes in their mom’s arms.”
Many Americans were introduced to the reality of babies surviving abortions through the Kermit Gosnell murder trial in 2013. Former workers at the clinic spoke of the untold number of babies being aborted in his clinics at 24 weeks-plus, past the time they are known to be likely viable outside of the womb.
The Grand Jury report found, based on the testimony of former employees, that Gosnell, or those who worked with him, killed “hundreds” of viable babies as part of the “normal course of business” by severing their spinal cords or slitting their throats. The report details several specific instances of these murders, citing the legal standard established in the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder in May 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Canadian pro-life advocates want to see similar legislation adopted in their country.
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