The legal gestational limit for abortions in the UK is 24 weeks. So at least she's being consistent. Of course we pro-lifers know that there's no difference between killing a 24 week unborn child and a 23 week born child.
She would like to see healthcare dollars - tax dollars - spent on something more "worthwhile," like cancer patients. (Of course the irony here is that one of those premature babies, if saved, could grow up to find a cure for cancer!) According to the article:
"Dr Austin, who advises local health trusts how to spend their budgets, said doctors were ‘doing more harm than good by resuscitating 23-weekers’ and that treatments have ‘very marginal benefit’."She believes that the treatment and care that babies get in the hospital is too expensive and essentially worthless. And this isn't the first time a story like this has come out of the UK. Back in 2006 the NHS put forth guidelines that stated that babies born at 22 weeks and before should not be resuscitated, unless the parents request it and the doctors agree. So even if the parents beg and plead for doctors to save their baby, the doctors could tell them it's not "worth it" and allow the baby to die.
"She claimed keeping them alive is only ‘prolonging their agony’, and it would be better to invest the money in care for cancer sufferers or the disabled."
How did we get here? Part of the problem is misguided mercy. Which sounds nice and compassionate, but is in practice a horrible state of culture to be in. But when abortion became legal, rampant, and acceptable in western countries, we successfully hardened hearts to become a culture of death. Take euthanasia, for instance. Many people believe that neglecting people by removing sustenance necessary to live or hastening death to alleviate suffering is right and good. Unfortunately, the more secular our culture gets, the more out of touch we get, in turn, with the benefits of suffering. (I don't want to presume that I know what it's like to suffer from a horrible, incurable disease. But we need to be remember that suffering glorifies the Lord.)
The other, less well-intentioned problem is that of the single-payer healthcare system. When we have bureaucratic taxpayer-funded governments budgeting and allotting healthcare funds, we cease to have the power to make our own medical decisions. People in positions of power, like Dr. Austin, have a job to do. And their job is to balance budgets and keep costs down for the government - not necessarily to save and dignify lives. It's happening in the UK, Canada, and is already starting to look like it could happen right here in the US. It's just inevitable. When the the bills are paid by a taxpayer-supported institution, as opposed to a free market-driven institution, it just can't sustain itself at the same level of care for the same amount of people.
"‘If it was my child, from all the evidence and information that I know, I would not resuscitate,’ she said."Lord have mercy on that child.