Spin wrote:OK, but who's to say when a baby is viable? As far as I know, nobody has any real concrete idea and most babies are a case-by-case basis when they're 5, 6, 7 months old. Not to mention any number of things that can go wrong when a baby is presumed viable.
Are we supposed to take probable abortions and test these babies to see when they would be viable? That's a bit inhumane.
Are you referring to the legal aspect or the medical aspect? For legal cases, it's based on generally accepted scientific evidence. I assume that medically, it is the same. It's my understanding that there is a pretty clear point where a fetus has ANY chance of survival and where it doesn't, and that is where the line is drawn. (I could be wrong on that)
Well that changes all the time. Just a couple years ago, a pre-term delivery born before the 25th week was considered unviable. But we're learning more, technology is improving, and now neonates born at 23 weeks are leaving Rainbow and Akron Children's and leading a normal life.
So how do you set the legal definition on a set point that keeps moving?
The law evolves all of the time. If a new viability point is established, that's where you set it. Expert testimony.
I think that I read somewhere that the 19th kid of the mega-family, the Duggars, was born at 19 weeks. Amazing.