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breakthrough research published this week in the new england journal of medicine suggesting severely premature babies can live outside the room earlier than previously thought , what does help correspondent sharon begley , the chances of survival vary tremendously depending on whether a very very premature baby is given active treatment or not it includes , crude ventilation , all sorts of medications mostly to treat the lungs which are very very undeveloped , the study found these treatments can increase survival rates for babies born after as little as twenty two or twenty three weeks it just station from five percent to about twenty three percent , the vast majority of those who live into toddler hood still suffer major health problems later in life from respiratory illnesses too severe cerebral palsy and other cognitive disorders , the findings may have broader consequences as well the abortion debate comes into it because according to the us supreme court women are entitled to an abortion , if there embryo if their fetus is not yet viable and viability has been defined by obstetricians and other medical experts , at twenty four weeks if for its survival at twenty two or twenty three weeks then abortion later then that period should not be allowed under the law about eighteen thousand very premature babies are born every year in the u. s. , about five thousand of them are at twenty two or twenty three weeks