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Did you know that there are people living today who are survivors of failed abortions? Some of these are late-term abortions where the child is born alive and usually left to die, but some of them are rescued by compassionate nurses who take independent action and look after them, transferring them to intensive care and subsequently long-term care such as adoption. Others are medical abortions where the mother takes pills intended to kill the baby and induce a miscarriage but they don't work, the pregnancy continues and eventually the baby is born alive.

Some of the children are born with disabilities, but in many cases they fully recover, develop into adults, and if you passed them in the street you would never know that they are abortion survivors. You find out about it when they go public and start campaigning for the rights of the unborn child. For example they might hear pro-choice activists demanding their rights and they respond to it with something like "Where were my rights when I was getting pickled in salt solution in my mother's womb?" (or whatever method was being used).

How many abortion survivors are there? The Daily Mail reports that there were 400 "botched abortions" in a two-month period at Marie Stopes clinics. It isn't clear what the word "botched" means, but it also mentions 373 "failed" abortions where the patient (presumably the mother) needed further treatment.

Out of this chaos there might be some children who survived. The Office of National Statistics says that there were 197,533 abortions in England and Wales in 2017, including those where the mother was non-resident. Abortion is a large-scale industry and occasionally we hear of survivors, but I doubt that anybody can give a reliable estimate of how many survivors there are in the UK.

There is some data available from the USA, and Christina Dunigan has estimated that about 44,000 abortion survivals occurred during a 38-year period since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Some abortion survivors go public and are prepared to tell their stories. Others identify themselves in private lists but don't go public because they don't want to embarrass family members and others who were involved in the events. The vast majority, if they know that they are abortion survivors, don't say anything at all, they keep it quiet, and there are many more who don't even know about it. The Abortion Survivors Network has a list of 286 survivors "connected" which means they have gone public or they are prepared to share information privately with each other. Their numbers are increasing and the latest figure is on their Facebook page.

Abortion affects families and communities in all sorts of ways. I won't go into all the issues now, otherwise this article could get really long. Go to the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and search the appropriate categories to bring up a list of testimonies on your chosen issues.

The reason I am interested in this subject is because my mother was the survivor of a failed back-street abortion, before it was legalised in 1967. That means I'm a second generation abortion survivor because if the abortion had succeeded I would not exist. My mother kept quiet about it for a long time, until circumstances arose that made her feel that she could be silent no more. (PDF). See also the external link to: Silent No More Awareness.

Mike Gascoigne

Melissa Ohden

Saline Fusion Abortion Survivor

Melissa Ohden: Abortion Survivor

Speaking to 'Students for Human Life' at the University of Minnesota

Caren Ní hAllacháin

Nurse describes 22 week old abortion survivor dying in clinical waste room

Melissa Ohden: Abortion Survivor

This video describes the kind of experience that can cause health care workers to refuse to be involved in abortion for reasons of conscience.

Claire Culwell

Twin abortion survivor asking if she is human

Facebook, 17 April 2019

This sign was up in the Texas House gallery yesterday as Rep Leach acknowledged my humanity while I stood up for all of the Representatives to see. They HAVE to believe that it’s all a lie because to acknowledge the truth, that I survived an abortion, would mean looking at me and acknowledging my humanity. While 50 refused to vote and 1 voted no, I’m thankful that 93 members voted to acknowledge my humanity and fight for my right to life and medical care. Read more

YOU CAN VOTE on whether or not you think an abortion survivor is human.

Click here for a Facebook poll in The UK Political Debate and News Group. It's a closed group so you have to click Join and wait for approval.

Relationships Education

Does it include abortion survivors?

In September 2020 the following new subjects will be compulsory in schools throughout England, including independent schools and academies:

  • Relationships Education in primary schools;

  • Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools.

The objective is to teach equality and diversity by familiarising children with every variation of humanity that might possibly exist, including (or especially) everything to do with LGBTQ etc.

It's turning out to be controversial, and there have been some protests, because it means children as young as 4 are being taught that they can choose their gender, oblivious to the dangers that await them when they are offered puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and gender re-assignment surgery.

They are also taught about sexual orientation, and because they are too young to differentiate between normal friendships and sexual relationships, they are made to feel that if they have a best friend of the same sex they must be homosexual.

Here is a video that explains the situation:

What are they teaching about LGBT?

At 10 seconds into the video there is a conversation between Owen Jones, a news columnist and political commentator, and Andrew Moffatt, Deputy Head Teacher of Parkfield Primary School, Birmingham where parents have been protesting against Relationships Education.

Owens says "So all they are talking about, basically, is teaching children that LGBT people exist ... and nothing else."

Well, actually, it's about all the other things mentioned in the video, associated with LGBT, but that's not all. Relationships Education is supposed to cover all the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 which are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Do you notice something missing? Yes, you've probably got it, but first I should say something about teaching from a list. It's like organising an event like a school play or a concert. The most terrifying thing is the vote of thanks at the end because however hard you try there is always someone you have missed out.

Equality and diversity has always been taught in schools, by observing the children at work and play and making sure that nobody gets left out of group activities. Then when somebody unusual comes along they are also included because everybody knows that's what's supposed to happen. It isn't necessary to go through all the variations of humanity that might possibly exist, just to get children doing the right thing.

And now for the missing characteristic. That's right, abortion survivors. Claire Culwell put forward a motion to the Texas House asking members to acknowledge her humanity and some of them refused to do so. What would it be like here in the UK if we asked the House of Commons to acknowledge the humanity of abortion survivors? Would they be willing to amend the Equality Act 2010 to include abortion survival as a protected characteristic?

Mike Gascoigne, 18 August 2019, Updated 7 February 2020

News and Testimonies

More information is required after 40 babies born alive following failed abortions over three years

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, 22 August 2019

SPUC has questioned the figures surrounding abortion survivors in the United Kingdom, after it has emerged that at least 40 babies were born alive after failed abortion attempts between 2016 and 2018 across three American states. ...

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Mentally ill woman should not have abortion, court rules after Catholic mother brings challenge

Telegraph, 24 June 2019

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Comment: This child is an abortion survivor because a decision by the Court of Protection, to enforce an abortion against the mother's will, has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. How many types of abortion survivor are there?

Update: The child has safely entered the world. See SPUC.

Abortionist: Caring for disabled babies born alive would be a “waste of resources”

SPUC, 11 June 2019

Abortionist Yashica Robinson was sat just one seat away from Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor.

Dr Robinson claimed that babies are not born alive in Alabama abortion clinics, and laws already protect them if they do, “… but I would tell you if it ever did happen, I would say we should transfer those babies ... and for those that are born because of fetal anomalies, they can’t live outside the womb so I would be against implementing any heroic measures in transferring to the hospital. It would be a waste of resources”, she said.

... Dr Robinson’s dismissal of disabled babies left to die after abortion was all the more callous given the presence of an abortion survivor on the panel. Melissa Ohden, ... Read more.

'I FELT HIM WRIGGLE' My abortion failed and I had to give birth to a live, crying baby who died an hour later in my arms

The Sun, 27 September 2018

Mohammed Khan: Abortion survivor for just one hour. Click here

See also: SPUC

Meet the baby who miraculously survived ABORTION attempt

Daily Mirror, 10 March 2016

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The baby who SURVIVED an abortion... and the mother racked by guilt that she may have harmed the tiny child she now adores

Daily Mail, 23 May 2014

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Mother's anger turns to delight after her baby survives an abortion

Daily Mail, 5 June 2008

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The day my Mum could be silent no more. (PDF)

See also the external link to:
Silent No More Awareness.