Viability's a 'moving target'

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

premature infant in incubatorA medical expert is convinced the notion of preborn babies' viability needs to change.

Viability of the preborn was once set at 28 weeks. Over time, though, it was bumped up to 24 weeks. In fact, the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion marked viability at 24 weeks. Now, doctors in the U.K. are being called upon to resuscitate premature babies born at 22 weeks.

Dr. Anita Schowalter, who teaches at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, tells OneNewsNow roughly 50 percent of those babies are saved.

"So as science progresses, we get better and better outcomes from these tiny babies that show that this is a life," she submits. "This is a life that, with appropriate care, will continue and thrive. So we need to be cognizant of that as we're making decisions on how to care for them."

With literature supporting this position, Dr. Schowalter suggests a change be made to medical organizations' policies regarding aggressive resuscitation of premature babies.

Showalter

"We have tried to use the definition of viability, for example, for abortion legislation," the medical expert tells about another issue. "However, this is a moving target, and I'm very concerned that laws regarding abortion have been made on standards that are changing."

In other words, life actually begins at conception, but the current standards of viability are only later stages of development of that same life.

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