The pro-abortion movement suffered a massive blow recently after the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday that a 23-week-old unborn baby with a birth defect called “spina bifida” was operated on successfully.
A multi-specialty team at at the clinic performed the groundbreaking in utero surgery — the first of its kind in the region — earlier this year, and the baby girl they operated on was born via cesarean section on June 3.
The clinic’s news release reported that mother and newborn daughter are “doing well.”
While a majority of abortions happen because a woman simply chooses not to carry her baby to term, spina bifida has often been used as a kind of “get out of jail free” card by pro-choice activists.
But after these doctors completed the breakthrough surgery, bringing up spina bifida in a political discussion won’t have the same effect it may have once had.
While an operation can’t fully cure the defect, it can help tremendously, offering a better quality of life to babies who have fallen victim to this condition.
“Although the surgery was a success, spina bifida is never cured,” Dr. Darrell Cass, who led the multispecialty team, said.
“Moving forward, the baby will require ongoing supportive care provided by a multidisciplinary team of caregivers in our Spina Bifida Clinic, which will involve neurology, urology, orthopedics, developmental pediatrics and neurosurgery, among other specialists.”
Hopefully, Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to use this condition as an excuse to convince expecting mothers that they need an abortion.
In fact, considering the fact that between 1,500 and 2,000 of the more than 4 million babies born each year have spina bifida, according to the National Institutes of Health — it’s really a wonder that abortion activists bring up a defect that affects such a tiny percentage of the population.
Planned Parenthood Action recently wrote how about how “20-Week Abortion Bans Would Hurt Women,” using a story from “Katie L.” and her baby — who was afflicted with spina bifida — as an example.
“Katie went off the pill and started taking prenatal vitamins,” the group wrote.
“When they discovered two months later that she was pregnant, they were overjoyed. But they discovered at the 18-week ultrasound that their baby had multiple problems, including spina bifida and a tethered spinal cord.”
“They decided to abort but wanted to make sure they were making the right decision, and they then had to wait for an available appointment. Katie and her husband terminated this very wanted pregnancy at 22 weeks,” the story concluded.
While spina bifida is the reason behind a fraction of a fraction of all abortions, Planned Parenthood made it appear that it’s a common occurrence.
But as medical technology progresses and breakthroughs happen, the abortion activists’ justifications for terminating pregnancies are starting to running thin.
Pretty soon, they’ll have to address the elephant in the room — why women are opting to kill their perfectly healthy babies for no reason other than because they want to.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had an answer for that, telling John Parsons in a 1947 interview, “But for my view, I believe that there should be no more babies.”
The left needs to wake up.
They are supporting a long-standing agenda rooted in racism and the destruction of society’s most vulnerable — our children.
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