A Fetus Survived, Says No One Ever

I’ve written before about how the Western world—perhaps the entire planet—seems to have bizarre problems with language-consistency when it comes to abortion.

This story seems rather mainstream, and it has gotten mainstream attention. Yet it is about a “baby” (!?) surviving an abortion.

An 18-week-old baby from Ireland has given new meaning to the phrase “born a fighter.” Megan Hui of County Kildare, Ireland, was originally deemed dead by doctors at Rotunda hospital in Dublin after five scans concluded 31-year-old mom Michelle Hui had lost her baby. The mother hadn’t known she was actually pregnant with twins. However, she was instructed to take two abortion pills to clear her uterus after the miscarriage of what she (and doctors) thought was one child. A pregnancy test later, doctors found Megan.

To everyone’s surprise, Megan — born on February 25 — weighed just under 6 pounds and became a little sister to Mya, 4, and Noah, 2, after miraculously surviving the twin miscarriage and the abortion. “I couldn’t believe it,” Hui told the Mirror. “Neither could the doctors. But as happy as I was, I was angry they had missed her on the scans.”

Hui was asked to take a pregnancy test, which would reveal whether any harmful clots remained in the womb after taking the abortion pill. It was only after the pregnancy test came back positive that the mother of two was sent to the hospital for a D&C (dilation and curettage) — a surgical procedure to remove the contents of the uterus. Upon beginning the surgical procedure to remove the dangerous blood clots, doctors found Megan’s heartbeat on a scan — 10 days after her miscarriage.

I’m sorry, I thought an abortion only terminated a “fetus,” not a baby. How did a “baby” manage to survive an abortion? What was it doing there?

It is amazing to me how journalists can cover this kind of story and not see any ethical implications for the many times that a mother takes an abortion pill and succeeds in killing her child.

The story reports that the mother was upset with the doctors for not being more diligent and detecting this other baby. But for all I know, these same doctors and nurses might assist in killing children that the mother doesn’t want. How can we expect professionals to both diligently work to save babies as if they were precious and yet agree to trash them when the mother wants them to do so?