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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 10:58pm

I've been an occasional lurker here just because I love a good debate, but I rarely get involved because I can get caught up in it and never leave...;) There is a question that I have for all the pro choicers out there.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 8:08pm
I'm sorry if it sounded like it was a simple task to save a preemie.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 8:15pm

The information that I received about pregnant women surviving ARDS was that only 11 people in her age bracket had every survived and never a pregnant woman.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 8:23pm

So are you talking hypothetical, or are you referring to an actual law where an abortion is only allowed in the case of the mother's life?


I asked this question because every time abortion comes up, politicians always want to make an allowance for women who have been raped or when the mother's life is in danger.

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 9:21pm

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I agree, and I applaud doctors for the kind of work they do to this end. But I think it's very important to recognize that there are times when saving *both* mom and baby is impossible. That isn't to say that medical professionals shouldn't try, or that women should automatically abort pregnancies when something serious arises...not at all.

But I think it's an oversimplification, and rather naive, to presume that it's possible in all cases, and that all, or even most, babies born upwards of 2-3 months too soon will be fine in the end. Because they stand a very good chance not to be, and if we close the door on allowing a woman to choose whether to carry these pregnancies to term (whether it's her own health at stake, or she's carrying a baby who will be negatively impacted by her condition), I believe we are doing them a great injustice, and we aren't helping the babies all that much either.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 12:27am

~only 11 people in her age bracket had every survived.. never a pregnant woman~

How old was she, and when did she have it (you'd mentioned "recently")?

ARDS has a high mortality rate but lots of people survive it (incl. amongst pregnant women and even people in their 80's).

~This came directly from her doctors. I had no reason to research this.~

I'm confused, sorry. The doctors of your friend's daughter spoke to you?

~As to the rest of it ... doctors don't know. That's the miracle behind it.~

Given the wild inaccuracies of the scenario already offered, for now I'm going with communication gap rather than miracle.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 12:32am

~I just never really understood the argument about the mother's life.~

I hope that this thread has been of some help in that regard.

Personally, I aborted during one of my pregnancies, due to medical emergency. I'd never have survived waiting until an age of viability.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 7:49am

< But I believe that the life of the child is just as important as the life of the mother and should be given every chance at survival. >

What about the woman's other children? The ones who would lose a mother if she died?

What about any future children that woman might have? They won't exist if she doesn't.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 10:58am

>I asked this question because every time abortion comes up, politicians always want to make an allowance for women who have been raped or when the mother's life is in danger. I just never really understood the argument about the mother's life. <

Really I always found it easier to understand the mother life than to understand the justification of rape. A fetus that is the product of rape poses no additional physical risk than any other product. In fact if the unborn are innocent victims in abortion it would seem that the byproduct of rape is being killed for the sins of the father.

There are many conditions that really do put the mothers life at risk. In fact some can kill before they ever reach viability. I will use myself as an example. One of my pregnancies was an ectopic. There was no way it could be carried to term the only thing that was going to be gained from trying was for me to die as well. Now I am not a biology major but I know enough to realize that if I die the embryo was going to die as well. It is physically impossible for my corpse to gestate a pregnancy.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 11:31am

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That's actually good to know.

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Tue, 02-02-2010 - 11:38am

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