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More babies surviving birth at 23 weeks

At least 120 babies born during week 23 of a pregnancy — the last week when abortions on demand are legal — have survived in the past four years. Improvements in specialist neo-natal care are likely to reopen the debate over the abortion limit. Data from 25 hospitals over the past four years shows that 120 babies born at 23 weeks survived.

The figures, obtained via Freedom of Information laws by the Sunday Times, show that at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, six of eight babies born at 23 weeks last year survived. Six of seven babies born at 23 weeks at University College London Hospitals last year lived. All five born at that point at North Bristol NHS Trust last year also survived.

Fiona Bruce, Tory MP and member of the all-party parliamentary pro-life group, said: ‘I do not understand why there is not more outcry about the fact that we allow viable babies to be aborted.17

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