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Preborn baby’s amazing surgery, return to mother’s womb challenges the morality of abortion

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UNITED KINGDOM, February 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid the clamor of governors and legislative bodies toiling to enshrine abortion until the moment of birth in U.S. state constitutions, a remarkable story out of Britain now challenges the morality of those actions.  

When Bethan Simpson’s unborn daughter was discovered to have spina bifida, she and husband Kieron were at first advised to have an abortion.  

Instead, they pursued a groundbreaking procedure where their daughter was removed from Bethan’s womb and corrective surgery was performed on the baby before replacing her back in the womb in order to continue to grow until full term.

Since the procedure was performed in January, scans reveal that the child has healed and continues to thrive.

After the operation, the happy mom declared in a Facebook posting, “We were a success.”

“Her lesion was small and she smashed surgery like you wouldn't believe,” said a gleeful Simpson of her yet-to-be-born daughter. “They took her out of my womb and popped her straight back in to stay there as long as she can.”

Simpson went on to point out a disturbing truth.

“Sadly 80% of babies in England are terminated when their parents get told their baby has this condition,” noted Simpson.  “It's not a death sentence. She has the same potential as every one of us.”

“I feel our baby kick me day in and day out. That's never changed. She's extra special,” said the joyful mom. “She's part of history and our daughter has shown just how much she deserves this life.”

Since leaving the hospital, Simpson, who is a nurse, has provided regular updates on Facebook, reporting that scans reveal the symptoms of her daughter’s former condition have disappeared. The doctors “are unable to see where her lesion was now since they completed the surgery, which is amazing.”

Tragically, most children who are diagnosed in utero with spina bifida as well as other conditions such as Down syndrome are aborted in huge numbers – 80 percent and 90 percent, respectively, in the United Kingdom.

The Simpson surgery has triggered an important question about the moral inconsistency of late-term abortion legislation in the United States.

“Let me see if I have this straight,” said Princeton University scholar Robert P. George in a Facebook posting, reacting to the story. “When the baby was in rather than out, it was OK to kill her. (Choice!) Then when she was out rather than in, it was not OK to kill her. But then when she was put back in and was no longer out, it went back to being OK to kill her. Do I have that right?”

“It seems very confusing,” added George wryly.

That moral inconsistency was vividly displayed recently when a New York man who was initially held on two counts of murder – one for murdering his girlfriend and a second for murdering their baby carried in his girlfriend’s womb – had the second count dropped after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the controversial Reproductive Health Act.  

The radical New York law allows abortion up until the moment of birth, eliminates the state’s recognition of unborn children as potential homicide victims and erases abortion from the penal code entirely.

Before the rescinding of the charge by the Queen’s district attorney was announced, Diana Smalley tweeted,  “I covered a heart wrenching double homicide today in New York.”

“A beautiful 35 (year old) pregnant woman and the child in her womb were stabbed to death,” added Smalley. “If it is murder to kill her unborn baby which in the eyes of the law it is, then how can you abort up to 9 months and call it choice?”

With the application of the newly enacted Empire State law, the morality became muddier – impenetrably so.

“In New York right now, if a scoundrel of a husband punches his pregnant wife and she loses her baby, the charges of murder would not be included in his charge sheet,” said David Ondari n a tweet.  

“Think about that for a moment,” he added.

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Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.