Viability

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 9:20am
It appears that medical technology is helping premature babies survive at earlier gestations (now as early as 20 or 22 weeks ,) agreeing or disagreeing with practice aside -should this change what is considered the *cut-off* time for abortion for elective purposes (currently 24 weeks in most places)?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 11:23am
That's one of the reasons why I'm pro-life from conception. Viability is not a fixed time, it's ever-changing.
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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 11:42am
I don't think viability should determine when abortions are cut off. It's an arbitrary measure to satisfy one group's concerns with the procedure.

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 12:04pm
What should determine *cut-off* - or should abortions be allowed up to birth?

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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 1:05pm
I don't support abortion and think that any cut off is arbitrary.

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 2:46pm
Me too. NFT
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In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 5:04pm
I've been trying to stay away (hence my month-long hiatus) because all this was putting me in such an awful mood, but I popped in to see how the board's doing with the changeover and saw this post and had to add the medical reasoning behind viability.

The earliest standard of viability is 24.5 weeks. Most hospitals won't perform abortions after 22 weeks "to be safe." Even so, a baby born at 22 weeks has only a 14.8% chance of survival, and those that DO survive often suffer from brain damage or other ailments, as the lungs are not properly formed at that point.

In fact, scientific research suggests that it's medically impossible for a 21wk fetus or younger to EVER survive, because the simple biological fact is that the lungs CANNOT function (they aren't fully formed) at that point and life could not be sustained.

So really, the only grey area is 22-28 weeks (after 28 weeks, the odds hover at or above 50% chance of survival). Before, there is zero chance. After, odds are more in favor of survival than death.


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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 7:32pm
Hey there, nice to see you. I had to stop posting for a while too because I was feeling the same way. Pop in when you can :)

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 7:32pm
I personally don't support abortion either, but as it is a debate board (albeit slow one right now) I was merely trying to create a *thread.

While viability or a cut off may be arbitrary to you -- it IS a factor in abortion laws and procedures, don't you think?

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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 7:50pm
Aww, thanks Munchies :)

I may start stopping in again. Things were just starting to get a little too "what Christians are supposed to believe/that makes it law" again (something I know you understand ;)), and I needed a cool down period to get back "in a good place" (what a phrase, eh?)

Anyway, I did miss a lot of you guys, so I may just do that :)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 8:24pm
I talked to my OB and Peri, both high risk specialists, a few weeks ago about when is the *earliest* that our babies could be born, just in case, and have a good chance for survival. They both agreed that 25 weeks was/is the very earliest.

The chances before that are very small, and, even smaller that they'll go on to develop normally.

Anyway, I think the 24 week is fair. I personally don't think abortion after the first trimester should be an option except in cases where the health of the mother and/or fetus is in jeopardy. But, I still wouldnt want to outlaw it. Again, I think the choice should be made by the woman and take into consideration her individual circumstances.


MM 16 weeks, 4 days pregnant w/twins due 9.10

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