past term abortions wdyt?

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past term abortions wdyt?
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 2:58pm

Ok....this one kinda weighs iffy on my shoulders. I know it's a woman's bosy and a woman's choice...but to abort when the fetus is more of a baby and potentially capable of living outside the womb does seem more like child abuse to me.


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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:12pm
Let's reverse the situation: the couple finds out the fetus has Down's Syndrome and the FATHER doesn't want to raise a severely handicapped child. Should he be absolved from all responsibility at this late stage in the pregnancy because the mother doesn't want to have an abortion?
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:29pm

<<Let's reverse the situation: the couple finds out the fetus has Down's Syndrome and the FATHER doesn't want to raise a severely handicapped child. Should he be absolved from all responsibility at this late stage in the pregnancy because the mother doesn't want to have an abortion?>>


At this point it's a child, and it's HIS child. So no, he shouldn't be allowed to run away from his responsibility.


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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:31pm
Certainly. While personally I would not abort in this case, I don't think that the father or anyone else has the right to tell the women that she must gestate. PERIOD.
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:33pm

<<Certainly. While personally I would not abort in this case, I don't think that the father or anyone else has the right to tell the women that she must gestate. PERIOD.>>


So you advocate the murder of disabled children simply based on location?

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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:38pm

>So you advocate the murder of disabled children simply based on location?<

No. I advocate that no human being should be forced to serve as a human life support machine. I do not believe that anyone should be forced to give a kidney or bone marrow either.

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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:46pm
I'm probably a bad person to comment because I see a 6 week old baby as the same as a 20 week old baby.
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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:48pm

<<At this point it's a child>>


But what if the mother thinks that life starts at birth?

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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:49pm

I'm in the same boat Sandy is. I couldn't personally abort at that stage, but I can't sanction forced gestation at a point just a few days before the point where's a 40% chance of bare survival with massive medical intervention.

This is why we need to push for high quality prenatal diagnosis and education, as well as high-quality contraceptive methods. To ensure that women (and their partners) get the opportunity to make these decisions as early as possible.

With the new nuchal translucency + quad screen, followed by early amnio at 15 weeks, we can know about Down's far ahead of that point. (But sorry, that's only available for women that have excellent health insurance...growl).

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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:52pm

<<But what if the mother thinks that life starts at birth?

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Tue, 11-06-2007 - 3:56pm
LOL yeah I know what you mean.
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