ONE FOR THE TINI­EST AMER­I­CANS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Mar­jorie Dan­nen­felser, pres­i­dent of the pro-life Su­san B. An­thony List or­ga­ni­za­tion, has taken keen in­ter­est in a new paper pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion re­veal­ing that pre­ma­ture ba­bies born at 22 to 23 weeks sur­vive when given ap­pro­pri­ate “active care” in a neona­tal unit. In the study of 106 live-born in­fants, 86 of them re­ceived such care.

“Eighty-five in­fants sur­vived with­out se­vere com­pli­ca­tion,” the study said, not­ing in a con­clu­sion, “This find­ing should be con­sid­ered for in­di­vid­u­al­ized parental ap­proaches and de­ci­sion mak­ing.”

Mrs. Dan­nen­felser is trou­bled by a re­cent lo­cal CBS news re­port that just such a “mi­cro-pre­emie” was born dur­ing a failed pro­ce­dure in an Ari­zona abor­tion fa­cil­ity. The in­fant did not re­ceive emer­gency care, ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased 911 tapes re­leased in the af­ter­math.

“That this child could die with so lit­tle na­tional at­ten­tion speaks to the cal­lous state of our laws on abor­tion,” says Mrs. Dan­nen­felser.

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