Abortion Debate Reignited by Baby Born at 23 Weeks 5 Days

The government has no plans to lower the legal limit on abortion because there is no medical evidence to support a change, a senior UK health minister said yesterday. Dawn Primarolo told MPs that despite scientific advances, a foetus’s chances of survival had not improved and the upper limit of 24 weeks should not be reduced. However, her comments came as it emerged a British baby had been born at 23 weeks and five days and was battling to stay alive in a neo-natal unit. Full story

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