Saving Those Legal To Kill

A precise dose of anesthetic has put both the mother and the 24-week-old fetus safely and limply to sleep. And now, lifting the little arm gently to rotate the one-pound body into position, pediatric surgeon Michael Harrison posed his scalpel just under the rib cage. The astonishing intrusion on an unborn life took place on June 15, 1989; it was necessary because this tiny patient’s diaphragm had failed to close as it should have.

— Pat Ohlendorf–Moffat, “Surgery before Birth” Discover, February 1991, p. 59

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