One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found.
They lived for an average of 80 minutes – although in some cases foetuses survived for over six hours.
Most of the babies were born between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, but some had been in the womb for as little as 17 weeks.
The figures, based on a study of West Midlands hospitals, has reignited the abortion debate, with pro-life campaigners demanding the time limit for terminations be cut.
Researchers looked at the outcome of 3,189 abortions performed on seriously handicapped foetuses at 20 hospitals between 1995 and 2004.
It showed that 102 – or around one in 30 – aborted for reasons such as Down’s Syndrome and heart defects, were born alive….