A Student of History

June 6, 2008

When abortion doesn’t kill

Filed under: The world today — John Maass @ 5:40 am

This story has a happy ending, but really does illustrate the horrors of abortion, and should give the pro-abortion supporters something to mull over, if they are honest.

An English woman and her fiancee made the decision to abort her baby (see photo below) when she was eight weeks pregnant due to fears he would be born with a dangerous kidney condition, the same one that had caused her 1st son to die earlier. 

She had what she thought was an abortion, but then: 

A short time after the abortion, Percival [the mom] felt a fluttering in her stomach. She went to the doctor for a scan and discovered she was 19 weeks pregnant.  “I couldn’t believe it,’ Percival said. “This was the baby I thought I’d terminated. At first I was angry that this was happening to us, that the procedure had failed. I wrote to the hospital, I couldn’t believe that they had let me down like this.”

Terminated??  What she really means is, she thought she had gotten rid of her child by killing the fetus.  The language “terminated” is a euphemism for destroying the life of an innocent baby.  And notice too that the hospital, she thinks, let her down because they botched the killing.

The Fox News story goes on to quote Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor for FOXNews.com:

“Women that have early terminations in weeks six, seven and eight, many times the pregnancy is so small that doctors miss removing the baby,” Alvarez said.

Again with the language!  “Removing the baby” means killing it.  And then this:

“Another scan a week later confirmed the baby also had kidney problems, but doctors told the couple the baby was likely to survive, so they decided he deserved another chance at life.”

Interesting that the parents get to decide that the baby was deserving of life.  How did they decide?  Why wasn’t the baby deserving before they tried to kill it?  Is he deserving because he missed being sucked out of the womb–by orders of the very parents who now judge him worthy? 

The clincher:  “In November, Finley was born three weeks premature. He had minor kidney damage but is expected to lead a normal life.”  Yes, no thanks to mommy and daddy, he’s alive and, dare we say it, “normal.”  Good thing he was deserving…

Jodie Percival and baby Finlay



  1. It’s not all that uncommon.

    I used to work litigation support for abortion malpractice, and “failed abortion” — i.e. baby survives — is one of the most common reasons for filing a lawsuit.

    Comment by Christina — June 6, 2008 @ 6:56 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for providing that webpage.

    Why did you leave your litigation support job?

    Comment by John Maass — June 6, 2008 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  3. Yes, a happy ending John. If the “fetus” isn’t a “life” then why does it have to be “terminated?”

    Isn’t it amazing that the only difference between late term abortions and murder is the location of the baby?

    Comment by Richard Williams — June 10, 2008 @ 10:52 am | Reply

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