British parents are advocating for tighter abortion laws after their two sons were born at 24 weeks — the legal abortion limit.
Luci Hall and Joseph Barker welcomed their sons, Charlie and Harvey Barker, into the world in May 2017. The little boys are now alive and thriving, despite their early entrance into the world.
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Luci and Joseph, along with many people around the world, cannot fathom how a country could permit abortion at all, let alone 24-weeks into a pregnancy.
“Seeing how well they’ve done does make you think about the abortion limit. I’d never even considered it before, I just accepted it,” Luci Hall said. “The thought of anyone getting rid of a baby that late is just awful. When I came home I signed a petition to have it changed.
“Harvey and Charlie are proof that a baby born at 24 weeks can survive,” she added.
Luci and Joseph are just one of many couples that are trying to change British laws regarding late-term abortion. They are advocating for an earlier limit on abortion, while wealthy pro-abortion groups like the Royal College of Midwives are trying to expand opportunities for women to terminate their pregnancies up until the birth of a child.
When Luci Hall first became pregnant with her boys, the doctors diagnosed them with twin-to-twin transfusion, a dangerous condition that means one child receives more blood and more nutrients than the other.
Twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Luci’s water broke. Her doctors worked to stop her labor, and she was able to carry the twins for another four weeks. When she went into labor again at 24 weeks, doctors were unable to delay birth any further.
“When they were born they were both rushed straight to intensive care, I didn’t get to hold them or see them. Joseph just got to quickly take two photos,” she said. “I couldn’t even get upset about not getting to hold them because I was in shock.”
“We got to see them three hours later and that’s when it really hit us. They were so tiny — you can’t even imagine a baby that small. It was really frightening,” she said.
The boys both only weighed a little more than a pound each and spent the first four months of their lives fighting for their lives.
“Their chances of survival were so slim that we were told to take it hour by hour. They told us not to think about the future because it was so uncertain,” Luci recalled. “We were so scared thinking about losing one of them or both of them, it was devastating.”
The twins were finally released after four months in the hospital, the Daily Mirror reported. But a month later, Harvey had to be readmitted for breathing problems.
Now, a year later, the boys are 15 months old and finally living healthily at home with their parents.
“I am the proudest mum in the world and everything we’ve had to go through just makes me appreciate my boys so much more,” Luci said.
After seeing their twins live through a traumatic pregnancy, both Luci and Joseph have come to realize how inhumane England’s abortion laws are.
This is not a new trend. Many parents of premature babies around the world are working to change abortion laws, after seeing their children go on to live successful lives despite being born when the state would have sanctioned their killing.
In 2017, Duke University found that babies can survive outside the womb even earlier than 24 weeks, showing that babies born at 23 weeks have an increased survival rate. A 2017 report by the Journal of Pediatrics detailed a baby born at 21 weeks who survived her premature birth and is now 3 years old.
Still, though, in England and some American states, abortion is legal up to 24 weeks, which children like Charlie and Harvey Barker have proven to be a completely viable age. This is unacceptable, and it only makes the work of parents like Luci Joseph that much more crucial.
(H/T: Life News)