Jodie Percival, 25, of Nottinghamshire, England, and her fiancée decided on an abortion when a test eight weeks into her pregnancy revealed the baby would have inherited a serious kidney ailment, multicystic dysplastic kidneys. Her first son had died of the condition, and her second has just one kidney. Almost three months later, Percival learned she was still pregnant. Another test confirmed the kidney problems, but doctors said the baby was likely to survive, so the couple chose to give it a chance. Finley, was born three weeks premature and has minor kidney damage, but is expected to be fine.

“Abortion survivors” like Finley are not as uncommon as one would think. In a recent American Spectator piece, American Values policy analyst Daniel Allott profiles activist abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and notes that “[a]s an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama twice opposed legislation to define as ‘persons’ babies who survive late-term abortions” and declared that even having “wholly emerged from their mother’s wombs”  they are not “deserving of equal protection under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment”:

Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna’s biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist’s arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.

Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.

Gianna survived then, and thrives now, because, as she told me recently with a laugh, “I guess I don’t die easy.” Which is what the abortionist might have thought as he signed his victim’s birth certificate. Gianna’s medical records state that she was “born during saline abortion.” …

Gianna Jessen, who turned 31 last month, plans not to support Obama.

Obama has pledged that “the first thing” he’d do if elected president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would wipe all state and federal laws that place restrictions on abortion off the books – including the partial-birth abortion ban. As Allott puts it: If partial-birth abortion is, as Democratic icon Daniel Patrick Moynihan labeled it, “too close to infanticide,” then what is killing fully-birthed babies?

One wonders whether Obama ever considered the possibility that if this baby-killing bill is signed into law by his own hand, he would enable (perhaps even encourage) his daughter to abort his grandchild within hours of its due date. True, his daughter would not be “punished” with an unwanted baby, but well after he and Michelle had already shopped for baby clothes, started a college fund and spent months dreaming about what that child could become when he or she grew up, they would be punished by the loss of a much-wanted grandchild. Could he live with the regret of the lost baby and of his role in its killing?

By the way: Finley and Gianna are literally survivors of procedures meant to kill them. There are also other types of abortion survivors, including “statistical survivors” and “wanted survivors.” Meet a few of them here and take a moment to appreciate how lucky they all are.

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