In an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo attaches outside the uterus rather than inside the lining of the uterus.
Can the baby survive?
For years, medical groups, the government, schools, and hospitals have stated that not only is the mother’s life at risk because of an ectopic pregnancy, but that the baby cannot survive. The National Health Service webpage on ectopic pregnancy even states: “The baby cannot be saved in an ectopic pregnancy.” But here’s the thing: Babies and mothers can survive during ectopic pregnancies!
What are doctors doing?
The standard of care for ectopic pregnancies is termed “expectant management.” This means that the doctor will keep a watchful eye on both the mother and the child. Dr. Patrick Johnston, director of the Association of Pro-Life Physicians, said that he continually sees doctors avoid this method of watchful care in favor of suggesting that an abortion is necessary. However, he states that half of the embryos who implant in their mothers fallopian tubes pass away on their own without endangering the mother and that many babies actually survive.
Simply google “babies who survive ectopic pregnancy” and you will see recent cases, such as Thomas’, in which babies and mothers survive ectopic implantations. Even a centuries old study from 1809 by Drs. Hellman and Simon showed that 316 ectopic pregnancies resulted in live births with a 50 percent survival rate for the babies. Keep in mind this was long before lifesaving neonatal ICU care was implemented.
Bottom line: An ectopic pregnancy is not a death sentence for the baby. Doctors need to start communicating that!
What about the mother’s life?
In some cases the tubal-implanted baby does not die naturally, but this does not mean abortion is necessary or the mother will die. The mother can be saved without sacrificing the baby. As far back as 1917, a procedure was successfully performed transplanting the tubal-implanted embryo into the uterus.
In extremely rare cases the fallopian tube ruptures and the mother begins hemorrhaging internally. If the mother is hemorrhaging internally, then the baby has overgrown his blood supply and likely has already died. Even so, the removal of the embryo—whether dead or alive—is not necessary to save the mother’s life. According to Dr. Johnston, “Medical literature documents ‘autotransfusion’ as a lifesaving therapy for the mother with a ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancy, and this does not intentionally sacrifice the baby.” Autotransfusion has a success rate of saving the mother’s life even greater than the most commonly employed abortive method!
An ectopic pregnancy does not mean a death sentence for the baby or the mother. Abortion can never be justified.