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July 9, 2003|
Irish Pro-Life News, No. 119 July 7, 2003 Reports: |
UK's Tiniest Baby Unveiled - A baby weighing just 12 ounces at birth has defied doctor's predictions to survive - and is believed to be the smallest to do so in the UK. Tiny Aaliyah Hart fitted into the palm of her mother Lorraine's hand when she was born on May 27 at Birmingham City Hospital. She was born three months early. Mrs Hart, 37, said: "I literally cried and cried. I could not believe that something that small could survive. She was so tiny but she was so active. Her hands were going, she was her own little person and I cried for a long time. She was surviving - that was my main concern." The sheer size of Aaliyah means that her survival is miraculous, says the consultant in charge of her care. Dr Jeff Bissenden said: Usually they are miscarriages, but she pushed out this little girl who wriggled around, waved her legs and said, ŒI want to live. It is amazing that this baby did not die. The smallest on record is a US baby who weighed just 11 ounces at birth. (BBC.)
If Mr. Novak’s prediction is accurate, President Bush will have broken faith with pro-life voters whose support put him in the White House by razor-thin margin. Some people are speculating that, regardless of what Bush does on the Supreme Court, pro-lifers will stick with him because the alternative (every Democrat presidential candidate is pro-abortion) is unthinkable. Some pro-life leaders will use that standard of measurement. However, it is entirely predictable that millions of sincere pro-life Americans will use a different standard, and measure the President’s actions against the pro-life principles stated in the Republican National Platform, which includes the commitment to the "appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of human life." By that standard, if Novak is right, the four million pro-life Christians conservatives who stayed home from the polls in 2000 could ncrease and cost Bush what is expected to be another very close election.
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