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Abortion Survivors

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

News and Testimonies

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?


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

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