The Daily Signal has an in-depth article today on doctors’ controversial efforts to perform successful surgeries on babies. Of course, no one would ever find such a story controversial if it didn’t center on babies who have not been born yet.
The Signal piece profiles Drs. Michael Harrison and Scott Adzick, two pioneers in the field of fetal surgery who set about “upending science as the world knew it” in the early ’80s.
“The idea arose from the frustration of caring for babies after birth and realizing it was too late: the damage was already done,” said Adzick, chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We had to get to the baby earlier, while still inside mom.”
The first open fetal surgery – to correct a dangerously advanced urinary tract infection – was performed in 1981. Over thirty years ago, Harrison and Adzick, at least, knew that they were not operating on some non-sentient clump of cells. These are babies, with the sort of medical problems that affect the rest of us, needing care as we all do.
Yet pro-abortion activists and groups still get away with the canard that babies “become human” only once they’re born. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that her own children were not alive until she delivered them – both from the womb and, presumably, from a gruesome death, thank goodness. NARAL rails that “a zygote is not a baby.” RH Reality check takes great semantic pains to obfuscate the issue.
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