Five Babies Survived Abortions in One State Last Year, Three of Them Were Left to Die

Five Babies Survived Abortions in One State Last Year, Three of Them Were Left to Die by Micaiah Bilger  for Life News

Little is known about how many babies survive abortions – and how many are left to die without medical care – every year in the United States because few states keep track of such things.

But some do, and new data from Minnesota suggests dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of babies may survive abortions across the country.

According to the latest abortion report from the Minnesota Department of Health, five babies were born alive in abortions in the state in 2021.

Those five babies were out of 10,136 total abortions. Past abortion reports since 2015 show similar numbers: approximately 10,000 abortions with three to five abortion survivors annually. If the rates are similar in other states, that means hundreds of babies may survive abortions in America every year.

The Minnesota report provides a few clues about the five babies in 2021; none survived.

According to the report:

  • In one instance, fetal anomalies were reported resulting in death shortly after delivery. No measures taken to preserve life were reported and the infant did not survive.
  • In two instance, comfort care measures were provided as planned and the infant did not survive.
  • In two instances, the infant was previable. No measures taken to preserve life were reported and the infant did not survive.

The report mentions “previable” with two of the babies, raising questions about whether the other three babies were viable. It does not mention their gestational ages.

According to the report, Minnesota abortion facilities reported 159 abortions between 21-24 weeks and one abortion between 25-30 weeks gestation in 2021. That is as many as 160 potentially viable, late-term babies.

Minnesota does require abortion facilities to provide life-saving medical care to babies who survive abortions under its 2015 Born Alive Infants Protection Act. According to the law, “… reasonable measures consistent with good medical practice shall be taken by the responsible medical personnel to preserve the life and health of the born alive infant.”

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