anacephaly

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Sun, 04-12-2009 - 12:12am

I normally just lurk on this board, but I have something that I want to know about. I

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In reply to: steph_moore05
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 12:28am

I'm not PL, but I am rather anti-abortion so that I feel comfortable weighing in. I feel so terribly sorry for your friend. Such a thought is absolutely heartbreaking to me.

I would not have anyone put any decision on this mother, and let her decide of her own will. That right there is why I am PC.

For some women, continuing the pregnancy could be the continuation of pain and suffering. For others, it could be the only time they would have with their child, and as such they would want to extend it as long as the fetus was alive.

I knew a woman who found out her fetus had Trisomy 13 and decided to induce early, at 24 weeks. Her baby survived for eight hours before she died. Since most T13 fetuses die in utero, those eight hours to her were so precious.

But if it were me, I think it would depend on how the pregnancy was going. If it was going well and the fetus was developing normally otherwise, I might continue the pregnancy to hang onto those extra moments of hearing the heart beat, etc. But if it were too much to bear, or it seemed the fetus would die soon otherwise, I would probably seek an early induction so that I might see the child alive before death.

What a horrible decision to have to make.




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In reply to: steph_moore05
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 5:57am
I can only answer for myself but I have never had issues with aborting for fetal or maternal health. For myself pregnancy is far too high risk for me to deliver a baby with no chance of survival. If your friend is willing (and able) to carry the pregnancy to term and donate organs I think that is great but but I can easily understand why many women would make a different choice.
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In reply to: steph_moore05
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 2:49pm

~I am friend with a woman who is now 6 months pregnant with a child that has anacephaly.~


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Registered: 05-02-2006
In reply to: steph_moore05
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 2:58pm

Much in the same way that Holly described, this is the reason that I am pro-choice.

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In reply to: steph_moore05
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 4:35pm

I've got to be upfront and say that I'm pro-choice, but there are only a very few situations where I would have an abortion. This is one.


I feel desperately sorry for your friend and hope that somehow she can find a decision she can be at peace with and eventually heal from this horrendous situation.


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In reply to: steph_moore05
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 7:43pm
What a tragedy for your friend. Whatever she decides I hope she can find peace knowing she did what she thought best. These are the situations that are the core of choice, the mother and only the mother can make the choice. Anyone who is a mother can empathize because deep in each of our hearts we can say there for the grace of G-d go I. Unfortunately, the so called Right to Life or really the anti choice folks would have us believe that these cases are so rare as to be inconsequential. However, these are situations that happen to real women and involve terrible suffering. Peace.
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In reply to: steph_moore05
Thu, 04-30-2009 - 5:28pm

I realiize I'm late to this thread but I need to add my two cents.

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In reply to: steph_moore05
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 12:44am

My youngest has a neural tube defect.

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Registered: 02-20-2007
In reply to: steph_moore05
Mon, 05-04-2009 - 7:51pm
I would not abort an anencephalic baby unless the doctor could guarantee to do the procedure in a way that the baby would feel no pain whatsoever. I can't bear the idea of a child that small feeling pain, or being cut apart. Unless the doctor could guarantee a painless procedure for the child, no way would I go through with it.


Edited 5/4/2009 7:53 pm ET by tessmckenzie
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In reply to: steph_moore05
Tue, 05-05-2009 - 8:40am

Just replying to tessmckenzie, if a foetus/baby has not brain, it cannot feel pain- essentially the nerves have no where to connect to.


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