This is life, which no one said would be cheap or easy. This baby is toughing it out in the world at 25 weeks. Today the Globe and Mail discusses our failing healthcare system, which doesn’t have enough beds for these premie babies.
There’s quite a row, as they say over there, in the UK these days over plans to overhaul the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Of particular interest in this debate is whether or not to lower the 24-week limit for abortions, which was set in 1990 and is considered one of the most liberal in Europe. Now new figures show survival rates of very premature babies have increased dramatically over the last decade and a half, giving ammunition to those who would want the limit lowered.
I find this debate fascinating. Especially this bit:
The Government said all these were matters for Parliament to debate and decide on a free vote.
Imagine that. Parliamentarians debating and voting on important issues. How weird.