Thursday, October 30, 2008

Planned Parenthood admits to live births.

Some folks are insisting that hey, these are after all 22 week babies at the oldest. They can't survive even if they are born alive. Well, I found preemie survival rates here:

  • 22 weeks: 0-10% survival rate
  • 23 weeks: 10-35% survival rate
  • 24 weeks: 40-70% survival rate
  • 25 weeks: 50-80% survival rate
  • 26 weeks: 80-90% survival rate
  • 27 weeks: greater than 90% survival rate

    This page addresses errors in estimating gestational age: "The accuracy of ultrasound in predicting gestational age gets worse as the pregnancy advances. By 20 weeks, ultrasound is accurate only to within plus or minus two weeks, and by the third trimester, its accuracy falls to plus or minus 3 weeks."

    Ultrasound is the most common method of estimating gestational age in abortion practice. Many women are going in for late abortions because they'd lost track of their cycles and weren't sure they were pregnant at all, so the LNMP method of dating is lost with these women. The doctors are having to rely almost entirely on ultrasound.

    Here are some cases of abortion doctors miscalculating gestation age: a supposedly 21-week baby who turned out to be 30 weeks, a supposedly 11-week baby that turned out to be 27 weeks, a baby that was believed to be about 12 weeks and turned out to be 28 weeks, and a supposedly 6-week baby that turned out to be 26 weeks. I'll recognize, however, that these are unusual screw-ups. I'll just focus on being within the margin of error for a doctor who is taking reasonable care.

    With the range of error of properly performed ultrasounds, a "22 week" baby with an estimated 10% or less chance of survival may just as readily be a 20 week baby with no chance of survival, or a 24 week baby with a 40-70% chance of survival.

    And remember, also, that this particular facility has a 22-week cut off. Other facilities openly advertise elective abortions to 26 weeks -- babies that have an 80-90% chance of survival, and who may actually be three weeks older than estimated. They might be as old as 29 weeks, with a greater than 90% chance of survival.

    Of course, of you wrap them in a towel and stick them in a closet, they have a 0% chance of survival.

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    Let's review again why these late abortions are being done:

    And now would be a good time for a refresher on Barack Obama and the Born Alive Babies

    Also covered in Hot Air, Transfigurations, Pro Life Blogs, Parenting Freedom, Jill Stanek, and Generations for Life.

    Lucas said...

    Great work Christina! I had this Obama supporter come to my door and wonder why I wasn't voting for him. I told him the facts on Obama's born alive record and he left quite stunned.

    Christina Dunigan said...

    Good job, Lucas! And the more we know and can explain, the less he can weasel.