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Monday, October 24, 2016
Campaigners say all 'miracle babies' deserve to live
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¬†Following a new study, which shows that 40 per cent of children born after less than 26 weeks in the womb, suffer learning and other disabilities in later life - and so would be 'better off dead' - campaigners say that they have as much right to life as others. The finding of the EPIcure study will be the subject of a BBC Panorama programme tomorrow. Professor Jack Scarisbrick, National Chairman, of LIFE, said: "This research also shows that 60 per cent of these babies are healthy. So, on what grounds would doctors decide to end a baby's life? They have a duty to give all their skill and care to all their patients - full stop. And in these cases there are very particular reasons why they should. Since they will usually not be able to predict which babies will be disabled they will be killing indiscriminately. "A leading paediatrician has said that the best outcome for some families would be that the baby in question dies and that such babies can face 'an outcome worse than death'. Once doctors start deciding who should live and die based on the family's wishes we are in very dangerous territory. Doctors will be dealing with traumatised parents who are in shock, and whose immediate reaction may well be to 'turn off the machine'. Later years, however, may see them bitterly regretting their decision, particularly as they read more and more stories of similar 'miracle' babies thriving. "It is unthinkable that the medical profession should be the judge and jury over what lives are worth living. This is eugenics. All parents want their children to be healthy, but disabled children bring their own special gifts to the world and give much joy to those around them. Disabled children can be challenging, but they can often change lives for the better. "Thanks to the many children's societies and hospices there is more support for disabled children and their parents than ever before in history. The ZoŽ's Place Baby Hospices in Liverpool and Middlesbrough, are the positive, pro-life alternative to infanticide and eugenic abortion. Disabled babies and children with severe life-limiting conditions are cared for there. They are amazing places and everyone who visits them leaves feeling uplifted and knowing that they have witnessed something special. This is the way forward not the indiscriminate killing of babies, who, at the very least, deserve their right to life whether they are disabled or not. "We should judge ourselves on how we treat the vulnerable, and these children, along with the unborn, are the most vulnerable in our society. "The most positive thing doctors can do is to reduce miscarriage and premature birth rates, i.e. tackle the cause of the problem. Some miscarriage is a result of induced abortion of a previous pregnancy. Mothers' hormonal imbalance or lack is also a major factor and this can be easily treated."
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