WASHINGTON, DC SEP 09: Mayor Muriel E. Bowser with her baby Miranda Elizabeth Bowser just after Miranda was baptised at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in NE Washington, D.C. today. -Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) had announced she adopted a baby in May, but had not shared photos or appeared publicly with the child until this week when she introduced Miranda Elizabeth Bowser in an interview on TV over the weekend. Today, she is held a public reception after the baby's baptism to introduce Miranda Elizabeth Bowser to residents and the city's civic leaders. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
By Ken McIntyre, Daily Signal,
Editor’s note: The renewed public debate over late-term abortion and efforts to legalize abortion up to the point of birth has put pro-choice advocates on the defensive, our mailbag indicates. Don’t forget to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.—Ken McIntyre
Dear Daily Signal: As a retired registered nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit who attended a thousand deliveries in her career, my response to Rachel del Guidice’s report is to say that many babies born alive (even those born at term) often need resuscitation (“Sasse Reintroduces Abortion Survivors Act”).
Resuscitation may mean anything from stimulation and brief oxygen treatment of some sort to full-blown CPR with medications. No NICU nurse or neonatologist I know would stand there and wait for a mother to make a decision as to whether the baby should be resuscitated.
The need to resuscitate is immediate and it would be against my conscience to allow a baby born alive to die, no matter what that mother wants.
Having said that, there are babies who are born with anomalies that “cannot be fixed” and who will eventually die regardless of any resuscitation effort. Those babies are kept “comfortable” (i.e. given hydration, nutrition, and warmth and assessed or treated for pain), but nonetheless it is extremely heartbreaking, not only for the family but for the caregivers.
Abortion is not the answer. Life is precious and is a gift from God. Abstinence and/or protection from pregnancy are the answers, and guess what? Abstinence is free and protection (birth control) is cheap. If all fails, adoption is the answer.
As an adoptive mother who could not have children of her own, I am ever so grateful to a woman who gave up a baby girl she did not want. That beautiful baby girl is now 39 years old and has two beautiful children of her own.