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: 03-28-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 7:48pm
Hi Sandy,

Yes I think it should make a difference in the thoughts of folks considering abortion. My son was 8 weeks early and only 3lbs 3ozs. We prayed, the doctors treated him and today he is a healthly boy almost 13 years old with no ill effects from his premature birth. Now I do realize not everyone has so happy a story but even babies born younger than my Josh have lived and done well. My cousin's wife had twins---one died and one lived----he was only 2lbs and some ounces----he too is healthy and bears no ill effects from his premature birth. I saw other parents having to make tough choices, I saw other little babies that didn't pull through----but many are able to survive and do well. What I would like to know is when do pcers think these little premies become human beings? Well yes they've been born alive so that's one test the pcers use----but some aborted babies have been born alive and have been left to die---because after all the purpose of the abortion was to not have a live birth. We could say it is the age when a baby is viable and able to live on his own---many pcers like that one---but in truth as evident by my older son Al who was full term but nevertheless needed some support at birth shows that test doesn't always work either. How about a living human fetus is a person.
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In reply to: sandy9193
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 11:38am
I was, too, and my doctor told me I was measuring *small*! LOL! I think most people just aren't used to seeing pregnant women and forget so quickly what they look like (even if they've had kids themselves!). Also, I think shorter women tend to look a lot bigger. Cuz the baby and belly are just as big as on a tall woman, so it looks a lot bigger.

Wendy

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In reply to: sandy9193
Wed, 04-02-2003 - 4:40pm
I got asked that with my son all the time. LOL At least SHE has a reason to get big! Tammy
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In reply to: sandy9193
Wed, 04-02-2003 - 4:38pm
I was high up front and my dad called me beach ball. Yes, twins will make you larger than single pregnancies. Do you know what they are yet? (Nosy) Tammy
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In reply to: sandy9193
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 3:29pm
In a way, you're really lucky. As you get further along, people will ask "Wow, are you having twins?" and you get to say, yes!

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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In reply to: sandy9193
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 2:40pm
Thanks. I'm getting really really big though! My husband and I have decided I'll look like humpty dumpty by the end of this. My OB says that's normal as twins will make a woman look 6-8 weeks further along than a singleton pregnancy. And, I'm slim (or I was!) and carrying high so its like ALL belly!


MM 16 weeks, 5 days and counting!

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In reply to: sandy9193
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 2:37pm
I'm not worried about it, I'm just aware that a high percentage of twins (30%+) are born premature. Term for twins is 37 weeks, vs. 40. So, I'm cautiously optimistic that I'll make it all the way, but, wouldnt be surprised if the twins came a little early.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 10:51am
Err....I don't know if my first post was eaten by the new board or what, but I don't see it now....sorry if this is a repost...


But I have a question.

If you base your PL beliefs on the inability to pin down viability, but know that it is a medical fact that a fetus cannot survive birth at 21 weeks or earlier, does this change your view on it? Or am I misreading?

Thanks in advance :)

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: sandy9193
Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:09am
May I ask if there is a specific reason you worry about carrying to term?

I sincerely hope you and your babies have a safe and healthy delivery.

If you are already seeing specialist, rest assured they will watch you like a hawk and be prepared!

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In reply to: sandy9193
Mon, 03-31-2003 - 9:52pm
What I was saying on the last post. Wow - 16 weeks already. Doing Great! Tammy

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