Abortion ban keeps teen from receiving cancer treatment

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Registered: 02-16-2012
Abortion ban keeps teen from receiving cancer treatment
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Tue, 08-14-2012 - 5:25pm

I don't even think I knew abortion was illegal in the Dominican Republic. Apparently they are very strict about it!

A 16 year girl living there has leukemia- she's also 9 weeks pregnant. Apparently if she takes the chemotherapy she needs, it will very likely terminate the pregnancy, which is illegal. So she's not been given the treatment she needs to save her life :

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/25/world/americas/dominican-republic-abortion-teen/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2

Apparently the "bioethics council" is discussing/debating the case but imo, the girl should have been given the chemo YESTERDAY. Every day that they "wait and discuss" is one more day that the cancer can spread!

What do you think? Should the baby's right to life come before the mom's? That argument doesn't make much sense to me b/c if the girl doesn't get her cancer treated, she may not even live long enough to give the baby life! 

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Registered: 02-08-2011
I agree- it is sickening that a counsel should be the one deciding this for her. Not only is the health of her child at stake, but so is her own health. She should be the only person that has a say in what medical treatments she will or will not have. I can't even imagine being in such a situation (esp at such a young age). :smileysad:
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Registered: 09-30-2011

These type of stories are the reasons I'm pro-choice.  Although I wish abortion wasn't even a blip on the radar, it's not as black and white as some people want to think.  There are so many grey areas, and it's shouldn't be anyone's choice but the woman's.   To have some council decide what is best for your body, your family and your life?  That is completely unacceptable to me.  Odds are she won't live to see her baby born, or much after, and who knows how healthy the baby would be trying to thrive in such a sick body.   

I don't understand why women are so willing to throw away control over their bodies and their lives to a politician.   

 

Chelsea

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Sadly, in most of Latin America and the Caribbean, abortion remains criminalized.  According to UNICEF, complication of abortion caused 12% of maternal deaths between 1997 and 2002.   Obstructed labor (which is a compilation of lack of access to cesarean surgery, pitocin, becoming pregnant too young before the pelvis is fully developed) caused about the same - 13%. 

link to a pdf of UNICEF report (dense reading - be warned!)

Providing safe access to abortion would save women's lives, and also connect these women with contraception to prevent future unwanted pregnancies, which the back-alley butcher never does. 

 

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