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Stunning fetal surgery images offer amazing glimpse of baby in the womb

Posted in Fetal Development with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2017 by saynsumthn

Fetal surgery is becoming more and more common, saving lives and improving the conditions of preborn children. Like many other medical advances, open fetal surgery (as displayed in the images below) offers an amazing look at the developing person inside the womb.

Images and videos below are of surgical procedures and may be disturbing for some viewers. 

1. Open fetal surgery by Michael Harrison, MD, and the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center:

Fetal Surgery by Dr Michael Harrison, MD

2. Fetal surgery Ted Talk by Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye:

Fetal Surgery Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye Ted Talk

3. Houston Chronicle report on Texas Children’s Hospital, “Spina bifida case marks advances in fetal surgery“:

Houston Chronicle Open Fetal Surgery (Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle)

4. Vanderbilt University report on fetal surgery procedure yielding positive results:

22 week old preborn baby (Image:1999 file photo by Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

5. CNN’s report on spina bifida surgery for a 20-week-old preborn baby:

Fetal Surgery CNN Report on 20-week baby with spina bifida

6. Medscape – Fetal Surgery for Sacrococcygeal Teratoma Technique:

Pulse oximeter placed on foot of fetus (image: Dr Douglas Miniati and Dr Payam Saadai, Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine)

7. Open fetal surgery for 25-week preborn baby with spina bifida (watch video):

Fetal Surgery spine of preborn baby

8. Today.com: Baby ‘born twice’ thrives after life-saving surgery:

Fetal Surgery – tumor removed

9. Live Science – Fetus Brought Partway Out of Womb for Tumor Surgery:

Fetal Surgery 24 weeks (Image Credit: AJOC)

10. “Hand of Hope” by Michael Clancy, taken in 1999 of 21-week-old preborn Samuel Armas, grabbing a doctor’s hand during surgery. As Life News reported years later, “Armas was in the womb when Dr. Joseph Bruner performed a surgery on him to help correct some of the potential effects of spina bifida before his birth.”

Clancy’s iconic photo and story were later documented by PressTV and other worldwide media outlets:

Michael Clancy Hand of Hope (image: PressTV)

11. PBS produced “Twice Born,” a stunning documentary about fetal surgery:

PBS Documentary: Twice Born

It is amazing the extent to which members of the medical profession will go to save preborn children growing inside their mother’s wombs. Tragically, there is an inhuman side of “medicine” as well, which believes that ending the lives of other preborn child in an abortion is the better solution.

We long for the day when abortion in unthinkable. Until then, these tiny persons in the womb testify of their humanity.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

GOP tax plan recognizes baby in the womb as a human being

Posted in Republican with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2017 by saynsumthn

| (From Live Action News)

The co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus has labeled a 529 college savings plan for an “unborn child” in the GOP tax plan a “back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception.” Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) criticized the wording in a November 2 press release, issued shortly after the plan was released by the House. The move follows a change by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to define human life as ‘beginning at conception.’

According to Politico, the GOP tax bill “would allow expectant parents to start putting away money for college and private school tuition, wading into the battle over when human life begins.”

The proposal defines the ‘child in utero’ as, “a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development” and reads:

UNBORN CHILDREN ALLOWED AS ACCOUNT BENEFICIARIES.—Section 529(e) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
‘‘(6) TREATMENT OF UNBORN CHILDREN.—
‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Nothing shall prevent an unborn child from being treated as a designated beneficiary or an individual under this section.
‘‘(B) UNBORN CHILD.—For purposes of this paragraph—
‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘unborn child’ means a child in utero.
‘‘(ii) CHILD IN UTERO.—The term ‘child in utero’ means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.’’

NBC pointed out that the bill’s terminology “mirrors a section of the 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which was enacted after the murder of Laci Peterson, who was pregnant.”

In response to the news, Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed reporter for Capitol Hill, tweeted, “I’m reading this as anti-abortion wedge. If an unborn child can be a beneficiary, that makes them a legal person, so how can they be killed?”

Paul McLeod Tweet on GOP Tax Bill Tweet

Following release of the bill, abortion advocates went ballistic.

Their fear is that if it can be established that the preborn child in the womb is a person, it could lead to overturning the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which forced abortion on the nation.

NARAL on GOP Tax Bill Tweet

“On its own, I find it a despicable play to lay the groundwork for “personhood” bills and ending abortion rights,” Calla Hales, manager of A Preferred Woman abortion clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina told Bustle.

“Naturally, you’d expect me to say that as an abortion provider. As a tax paying citizen, I’ll frame it this way: Frankly, it’s fraud. A potential life cannot have assets. It cannot work, earn money, or open a bank account (or have one opened for it). … I find it logically impossible and incredibly unethical to fiscally account for a fetus,” Hales added.

Planned Parenthood, which gets over half a billion dollars a year from taxpayers, expressed its opposition to the move as well, telling CNN that defining a preborn child in the tax code would end up restricting access to abortion.

“It is absurd that House Republican leaders would use a tax bill to try to advance their agenda to undermine access to safe, legal abortion,” Dana Singiser, Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs at Planned Parenthood Action Fund told CNN.

Planned Parenthood, whose CEO was hired for her political organizing skills (not her health care experience, because she had none), has a record of Medicaid fraud, covering for child sexual predators, selling aborted baby parts, and chose Halloween to tweet an outrageous and eugenics-style message to the Black community that abortion is safer for women of color than childbirth. (Incidentally, Planned Parenthood’s founder was a known eugenicist who once gave a speech before the Ku Klux Klan.)

 

“Even in the tax reform debate, Republicans could not resist including offensive provisions to appease an extremist minority, ” Rep. DeGette wrote, “The tax code is no place to define what constitutes an ‘unborn child.’ What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?”

But Mallory Quigley, communications director for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, disagreed, telling NBC News that the measure is “a small increment in the momentum that we’re building to ensure that one day every child is welcomed and protected under the law. We hope that it stays in the House bill and that it stays in anything the Senate puts out.”

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Fetal Surgery vid shows humanity of pre-born baby

Posted in Fetal Surgery with tags , , , , on August 2, 2011 by saynsumthn

The fetal repair at Children’s Hospital Of Philadephia video details the extensive planning and the multidisciplinary team involved in the spina bifida prenatal surgery process. Participants in the surgery include several fetal surgeons, a pediatric neurosurgeon, a fetal cardiologist, an obstetrician, an anesthesiologist, surgical nurses and others. Spina bifida fetal repair at CHOP is a well-orchestrated and complex procedure that is performed with the safety of mother and unborn child as a foremost concern. Every precaution is taken to maintain the health and wellbeing of both patients during these tightly choreographed spina bifida fetal repair procedures.

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Another medical breakthrough in Houston – surgery before birth
Posted 8/2/2011 8:42 AM CDT
A couple devastated to learn that their little girl has spina bifida travels from Dallas to Houston for their baby to have the very first surgery performed in Texas before the baby is born. Intra-uterine surgeries have long been criticized because of the risk to the mother and the fetus but now, after decades of experimental trials, it is likely that these kinds of interventions will become more mainstream.

Colette had the procedure at Houston’s Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in May, then in early July gave birth to Faith, 3 pounds, 9 ounces. It’ll be a couple years before Faith’s overall outcome is clear — the surgery is not a cure – but doctors were confident last week that she’ll be able to walk instead of needing a wheelchair.

The surgery, a first in Texas for spina bifida in the womb, marks a new era. After three decades as rarely performed experimental treatment, usually when the baby was likely to die, fetal surgery has arrived as mainstream therapy for non-life-threatening conditions.

A federally funded study published earlier this year found that prenatal surgery for the most severe type of spina bifida doubled the likelihood the patient would walk unaided at 2½ and halved the chance he or she would need permanent tubes implanted after birth to remove water from the brain.

Spina bifida, in its extreme form it is called myelomeningocele, is a devastating disorder that renders babies unable to walk. Many couples choose to abort these babies once they are informed of the diagnosis. The hope is that this surgery will give babies a better chance at a normal life and decrease the desire for abortion.