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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Feticide according to the Royal College of Gynecology

Want to know what abortion truly does? Just read the guidelines for feticide from the Royal College of Gynecology ...

Thanks to Pro Life Pagans, who posted the full quote on Facebook - go read it!

Emphasis my own, italics and links are my own additions:

"Feticide should be performed before medical abortion after 21 weeks and 6 days of gestation to ensure that there is no risk of a live birth. [...] Inducing fetal death before medical abortion may have beneficial emotional, ethical, and legal consequences [i.e.: because it is such an emotional/ethical dilemma to have the person you were going to kill minutes before, be born alive and subject to protection by the state.]  [...] in cases where the fetal abnormality is not lethal or the abortion is not for fetal abnormality and is being undertaken after 21 weeks and 6 days of gestation, failure to perform feticide could result in a live birth and survival, which contradicts the intention of the abortion [look at that! Abortions do cause death!!]. Regarding fetal pain and awareness, the RCOG has published guidance and concluded that 'In reviewing the neuroanatomical and physiological evidence in the fetus, it was apparent that connections from the periphery to the cortex are not intact before 24 weeks of gestation and, as most neuroscientists believe that the cortex is necessary for pain perception, it can be concluded that the fetus cannot experience pain in any sense prior to this gestation.' [note that this is a conservative estimate that is far from settled. There is ample evidence that fetuses before this age respond to painful stimuli. From an interview with Sir Albert Lilley, the father of fetology: "I can only say that the [8 - 10+ week old] fetus responds violently to stimuli that you and I would find painful."] Very few abortions ... are undertaken at late gestations. Only 9% [in 2004, this corresponds to 16687 abortions in England and Wales] of abortions occur after 13 weeks and only 1.5% [corresponding to 2761 abortions - let that sink in. Over 2000 people in the England and Wales alone are being killed once they are viable!] occur after 20 weeks of gestation. [...] When the method of abortion chosen ... is surgical (D&E), the nature of the procedure ensures that there is no risk of a live birth [scroll down to D&E to see why]. [...] When medical abortion [involving drugs like Mifepristone or RU-486] is chosen, special steps are required to ensure that the fetus is dead at the time of abortion. [...] The RCOG recommends intracardiac potassium chloride (KCl) 2-3 ml strong (15%) injection onto a cardiac ventricle [i.e.: injecting poison into the fetus' heart]. A repeat injection may be required ... and fetal demise should be confirmed by ultrasound scan ... . Fetal demise may also be induced by intra-amniotic or intrathoracic injection of digoxin (up to 1 mg) and by umbilical venous or intracardiac injection of 1% lidocaine (up to 30 ml); however, neither procedure consistently induces fetal demise [this is just another way of stopping the fetus' heart]. A dose of digoxin 1 mg given either intra-amniotically or intrafetally will cause fetal death in 87% of cases; the latter method is much more rapid. A dose of digoxin 1.5 mg given intra-amniotically caused death within 20 hours (in most cases there was still fetal cardiac activity at 4 hours) [not only are we killing the unborn, we're drawing out their deaths so they last as long as 20 hours - how cruel can the human race get?]. In a large retrospective review, Molaei et al. (2008) concluded taht the overall failure rate with digoxin was 7% [remember this number when pro-choicers tell you that its impossible for babies to be born alive after an abortion], although there were no failures with an intrafetal dose of 1 mg. Importantly, in this review there were no adverse effects at any of the doses used [for the mother]. Intracardiac injection of either KCl or intrathoracic injection of digoxin requires considerably more skill than intra-amniotic injection of digoxin. While the latter may be slightly less effective in inducing fetal demise, its use may be an option for services that lack personnel with sufficient skill in administering intracardiac injections."

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