This week the ABC published yet another pro-abortion story.  

This time it was about women who were denied abortions in the US due to PPROM. 

As far as the ABC article was concerned, PPROM is a condition requiring an ‘emergency abortion’. 

PPROM stands for the Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes.  

According to Queensland health, 3 in every 100 pregnancies will result in PPROM. 

It is when the waters of a pregnant woman break early. 

The treatment and challenges for PPROM depends on when this occurs during the pregnancy. 

If waters break before the baby is classified as viable, around 23 weeks, the protocol in Australia, to deal with PPROM is problematic, to say the least. 

Unless a woman is blessed to have a specialist or perhaps a prolife doctor, most will be told that there is absolutely no hope of survival for her baby. 

At this point she can choose to either go about her regular business and simply wait for an inevitable miscarriage to occur or she can be helped immediately… by having a termination.  

This second option will save her the added worries of when the miscarriage may occur or the chance of catching an infection. 

Aside from these two, there are no other treatments or options…or so they say. 

Family First is aware of a woman, Lisa*, who was in this scenario just last year. 

Her waters broke at just 17 weeks for her first pregnancy. 

She immediately went to hospital and stayed for the week. 

Apart from some midwives, who were supportive, the doctors advised multiple times that the situation was hopeless and she should accept their offer of a termination.  

Being hesitant, Lisa was then told of many probable disabilities and problems her baby would face if she persisted in continuing her pregnancy and somehow miraculously did reach viability. 

Over that time, to the exasperation of her doctor, she asked numerous times about the statistics on survival rates. They gave her nothing.  

In this major NSW hospital, they did not share even one survival story**.  

Lisa also asked if there was any chance that the membrane could heal or if it would help if she put herself on bedrest or drank extra water. 

She was told categorically that these things would not help and that there was no possibility for the leaking membrane to heal. 

The only advice given was to go back to work and let nature take its course. 

She decided to try these things anyway.   

She gave up her work, accepted offers of help and prayers and began monitoring her actions and hygiene closely. 

The first goal was to make it to viability i.e., 23 weeks. 

If she made this, the hospital would start interventions more than simply monitoring.  

Six weeks. We can only imagine what that time felt like for Lisa and her husband. 

Long, long, long story short. 

Not only did they reach 23 weeks, her baby boy was born, perfectly healthy, after an induction at 37 weeks. 

So much for hopeless. 

As wonderful as this story ends, it prompts one to wonder about all the other women who go to hospital when they have their waters break too early.  

How has abortion become the go to option for pregnancy challenges, including early PPROM? 

Family First is one of the only political parties that is prolife. 

If legislation is needed to change hospital protocols or to ensure doctors are more educated on pregnancy conditions like PPROM, then prolife candidates in our parliaments are the answer. 

In the meantime, if you hear of a pregnant woman who has her waters break early, please share this story and let her know that with bedrest, water and prayer there is some real hope.  

Unless someone tells her of this third option, she will probably follow the doctors two option advice or worse still, that of the ABC.    

*name changed  

**Many babies have survived early PPROM, even as early as 13 weeks. You can read some of these amazing survival stories at: