The Life and Death of This Baby is Changing The Abortion Debate

(LiveActionNews) — Tiny Adelaide Caines lived only one hour after birth, but her parents are hoping their precious daughter’s life and death will change the face of the abortion debate in the United Kingdom. Literally.

On December 27, 2013, Emily Caines, 24 weeks pregnant at the time, began to bleed heavily and was rushed to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. The medical center there had a special unit for premature babies, something Emily and her husband Alistair hoped could save their little girl’s life. Emily had already lost her first daughter, Isobelle, in 2011, due to preterm labor which began at 23 weeks, so the couple had rejoiced when Emily’s second pregnancy made it to the 24 week mark.

emilycaines2Reaching 24 weeks gestation meant this time, medical professionals would be obligated to attempt to save their baby’s life if any complications arose. When Emily made it to that mark, she and Alistair purchased a little outfit and stuffed animal for their unborn daughter, and felt hope rising. Until three days later, when Emily’s bleeding began.

At Southmead Hospital, attempts to halt Emily’s labor failed, so doctors opted to deliver their little girl via c-section, hoping that sparing the baby the trauma of birth would increase her chances of survival. When Adelaide emerged, a tiny infant cry came with her, and over the hospital drapes, Emily could see her daughter’s hand waving above her head. One of the attending physicians quickly snapped a photo of the birth – a picture that would change everything for the couple, and become a priceless treasure when, one hour later, doctors informed the parents that all efforts at inserting breathing tubes into Adelaide had failed. She was too tiny for even their smallest equipment. Adelaide died a short time later, but her life left an indelible mark on her parents.

Seeing Adelaide’s tiny, fully formed body, and hearing her cry brought home to her parents the reality of later term abortions. “Our picture shows Adelaide was not a feotus she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated on grounds of a lifestyle choice is to me is horrifying,” Emily explained. She and Alastair have chosen to publicly release the photo of their baby girl in a bid to reopen the debate on the legal limit for abortion, saying what they witnessed in their daughter’s short life “makes a mockery out of the 24 week legal limit”.

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The couple also hopes to break down taboos surrounding neonatal death and miscarriage, explaining that many moms who lose infants early in pregnancy feel pressure not to talk about their lost child, or have their experiences minimized. “I think there is still a big taboo around premature baby loss because people don’t understand it. . . . My first daughter was born at 23 weeks and classed as a late miscarriage, Isabelle was born at 24 weeks and classed as neo natal death but they looked exactly the same. Neither were a miscarriage but I think it’s easier for people to use that term. But that doesn’t acknowledge the fact that a mother has been through labour, delivery and seen and held their baby.”

And Adelaide? “Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life. I hope this beautiful picture of my daughter being born helps change people’s perspectives.”

LifeNews Note: Rachael Denhollander writes for Live Action News. Reprinted with permission.

5 thoughts on “The Life and Death of This Baby is Changing The Abortion Debate

  1. I believe the discussion should go on, but it should recognize the many factors that may be involved, and certainly should provide a clear option for methods to prevent conception in the first place — including, among other things, prevention of rape (in or outside marriage), child sexual abuse, education to prevent attitudes of male power in the sexual encounter, as well as opportunity for all women to use current healthy personal methods of pregnancy prevention.

    I am pro-life; therefore I’m pro-choice, anti-war, anti-death penalty, anti-racism, and pro encouragement of the healthy development of all who are born, which requires respect for all, adequate housing, education for creative living, development of healthy communities.


    1. No doubt if we really knew all that was going on behind the scenes, we would be terrified by things planned for our society today. Abortion and the new GMO foods are both geared toward population control. The planners have in mind to reduce the population any way possible. Some newborn babies are not necessarily sterile, but have deformed private parts. That is pitiable for sure. Google the new definition of gender in Germany and see that there is an extra check box on birth certificates besides the standard male/female designation.


  2. I am a former neonatal nurse, and worked in NICU for about 15 years. I watched the lives of premature babies, some sad stories, but mostly good endings. Even in 1995 our hospital was successful in saving the lives of babies as young as 23 weeks. We need to remember that children are not a curse, but a blessing from the Lord.


    1. Yes, I seem to remember that your hospital gave out special “kits” for parents of preemies who lived and also for those babies who had to be buried. You were one of the ones who sparked my interest in knitting tiny caps for the little people who survived. One elderly lady (a mutual friend) was inspired to knit or crochet blankets too. You made tiny embroidered dresses and gowns and took time to follow up on some who were more fragile even after they left the NICU. Your work also inspired another young lady, Laura (Finch) Bailey to go into the same profession. We can pray there will be more of your ilk. ❤


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