Got my ire up!

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Got my ire up!
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Wed, 04-16-2008 - 3:52pm

Ther more I think about this, the more upset I am getting... must share.


I went to the building in which my sister (Shannon) works to tend to a client account.

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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 9:19pm

But you said >>>>The positive side is that you will have a baby. What is the positive side of aborting any/all fetuses that are not healthy? <<<

any/all would encompass more than just DS and the extent/severity of DS is not determinable in utero. Some DS babies are born critically ill.












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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 7:11pm
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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 11:08am

When you address the rest of the points in my post, instead of just picking and choosing, I will answer your questions.

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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 8:31am

>>The positive side is that you will have a baby. What is the positive side of aborting any/all fetuses that are not healthy? <<

well the depends on the disease/disability. In some cases the positive is that your child would not die a slow and painful death. That you will not spend days/weeks/months in the hospital watching organ after organ fail. You will not hold them as they cry and there is nothing you can do about it. I could get more graphic than that but I am pretty sure you get the idea. Sometimes death is a mercy IMO












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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 6:33pm

~I would make the exact same arguments that she has (that the extent of DS is hard to tell in utero or at birth; that people with DS will never have a normal life), yet I would not abort a fetus for DS.~


Me, too.





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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 6:31pm

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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 5:14pm

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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 4:28pm

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• Less stress on the primary caretaker
• Less chance of bankruptcy due to medical costs associated with disabilities
• A normal childhood for the siblings as opposed to one where the legitimate needs of the child with disabilities always takes precedence to those of the rest of the family
• Less chance of needing to live in a residential care facility when the parents can no longer render care

I could go on and on and on. It's all in the eyes of the beholder though. And when I had amniocentesis, it was with the decision that any genetic anomalies they did find would result in termination of that pregnancy because I could not find any positives in raising one at that point in my life.

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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 4:05pm

You seem to really be dodging the plain fact that having a healthy child is preferable to having an unhealthy one :o)

It depends on the condition, what the ramifications would be, what treatments exist and what the longterm prospects are. And yes, I would probably abort for Downs. For me, it's partly a moral question, but that's just my own view.


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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 4:05pm

"It appears that you would abort for DS, (please correct me if I'm wrong). Would you abort any fetus that isn't healthy?"

Nothing Lianne has said indicates that at all. I would make the exact same arguments that she has (that the extent of DS is hard to tell in utero or at birth; that people with DS will never have a normal life), yet I would not abort a fetus for DS.




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