a tricky question

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Registered: 01-07-2009
a tricky question
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Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:08pm

Hello,

I have a very tricky question that I would like to ask. I am pro-choice but also a mother and currently pregnant, so I am trying to see both sides of the debate.

My question is, do you think it is abortion if a woman has a eptopic pregnancy and the fertilzed egg must be removed so that it doesn't burst? There is no way for this pregnacy to be viable when it is in the fallopian tube. This is not my story, but it recently came up where the mother thought that she would rather die with her baby than kill it. I thought this was strange as my cousin had the egg burst in her tube and then had to have a partial hysterectomy. Both women had had their tubes tied and this is why the egg never made it to the uterus.

So, if you believe it is God's will, why have your tubes tied to begin with? There are other non-invasive birth control methods available.

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 12:32pm

Well, medically, yes, it's an abortion by definition.


I think you are asking whether a PL would consider it "right" or "wrong"?


We've seen the gamut on this board


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Registered: 02-06-2009
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 1:29pm

Technically yes, but only in the way that a miscarriage is also technically an abortion (spontaneous abortion). I believe most PLers would not consider the termination of an ectopic pregnancy wrong.

IMO that's tantamount to suicide and just as pointless.

baby siggy
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 1:32pm

In my opinion, it would be a necessary medical procedure for the life of the mother.

2010 Siggy
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Registered: 01-22-2009
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 5:19pm

Hi :)

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Registered: 01-07-2009
Fri, 02-13-2009 - 8:02pm

Thanks Kate,

I'm glad to be here. I found this board through the other parenting sites.

Cheers,
Heidi.

P.S. I love your profile pic.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 02-14-2009 - 3:42pm

No, it's not a abortion in the case of a eptopic pregnancy in my mind. It's the only way to save the woman's life, and to me the woman always comes first.

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 02-15-2009 - 12:23am

This is not my own belief, but I can tell you the Catholic Church's stance on this.


1) Thou shalt not use any birth control method that isn't a form of abstinence. No surgery, device, or medication may be used for the sole purpose of preventing pregnancy. (You

Sandy
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Registered: 01-07-2009
Sun, 02-15-2009 - 9:40am

(BTW--the egg didn't burst--the growing embryo burst the tube.)

Thanks Sandy, yes it was the embryo. My mother is Catholic, and I don't know what or if my parents used birth control. I think not as they had 4 children and my grandmother had 7! It was my understanding that the mother's life comes before the life of the embryo/fetus, etc.

I guess that when I have thought about abortion, I believed it was when the mother chose to have the pregnancy end. That to me is pro-choice. Otherwise, it is a medical procedure in my mind.

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 1:30pm

Can I ask you where you got your information about the Catholic Church's stance?

2010 Siggy
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Registered: 01-07-2009
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 3:12pm

I know you didn't ask me, but here is some info I found about contraception in the catholic church:

http://www.catholic.com/library/Birth_Control.asp

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