New Zealand parents may receive compensation for not being able to abort child with Spina Bifida

  By Dave Andrusko Overruling a lower court decision, the New Zealand Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the parents of child born with spina bifida might be able to receive payment from the Accident Compensation Corporation because doctors failed to detect the fetal anomaly, thus denying parents the opportunity to abort. “We consider that …

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Study shows children with Spina Bifida fare better with in utero surgery

By Dave Andrusko Over the last few months we have run several stories about in utero surgery. To this day there remain some skeptics. Their numbers are diminishing, however, as there is much research that demonstrates (for example) how babies with spina bifida will benefit when surgeons correct their problem before they are born. One …

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An Update on Samuel Armas: A Flash of Life

Editor’s note. This is one of my favorite stories, which appeared in the October 2003, edition of National Right to Life News. We have since run other updates on Samuel Armas, the subject of photographer Michael Clancy’s historic photo. As you recall, doctors operated in utero on Samuel and Mr. Clancy caught Samuel’s tiny hand …

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Prenatal Surgery and Spina Bifida: No longer considered “experimental”

By Dave Andrusko “I remember when I did my first one when this was just being pioneered. I was just awestruck with it – and I was doing it! And I still get a kind of a shiver almost when I do one of these.”            — Dr. Lee Sutton, pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital …

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