When discussing medical needs for abortion
Outside the moral and legal debates, the issue of abortion is ultimately one of the safety of mother and child. During the first two trimesters, mother has to survive, or baby won’t.
Science and medicine have yet to find a way to re-plant the fetus into another womb. They have yet to create an artificial womb. So mother is queen.
And mother is more likely to be the one who bares the consequences of any decision made. There are no good choices if you find yourself pregnant with an unplanned/ unwanted child.
That increases exponentially when you are a teenager. When there is incest. When you have been raped. When you are in a domestic violence relationship. When you have a long term or life threatening illness. When you are badly injured and cannot fend for yourself.
Under these conditions, (well beyond a lack of/or failed birth control) there are no good choices.
So instead of focusing on how evil or ignorant mother is, how about we look at supporting her? Making it safe for her. Because there are women and girls who need it.
When there really is very little choice involved. If any at all. And it’s for them you will find most religions and countries recognizing that abortions have to exist. And have to have the legal and practical supervisions to see that they are safe. Because the option without that is that bothmom and baby die. So instead of talking about reducing the means of abortions, we need to discuss these abortions being more widely available.
If you refuse her an abortion:
1) she may commit suicide, which will kill the fetus also.
2) she may have a back alley abortion and end up dead too. Or sterile, or badly injured/ill in some other way.
In other words, we could lose them both, if we refuse abortions. Is that the better option for you?
…… the medical facts
Mother’s health and safety –
physical and emotional safety
what caised the pregnancy? Was it voluntary? Was mother of age of consent? –
incest – rape/DV relationship
when did mother and doctor agree she was pregnant?
Here are a few risks that are greater if you are pregnant before the age of 15 or you do not seek prenatal care:
low birth weight/premature birth
anemia (low iron levels)
high blood pressure/pregnancy induced hypertension, PIH (can lead to preeclampsia)
a higher rate of infant mortality (death)
possible greater risk of cephalopelvic disproportion*(the baby’s head is wider than the pelvic opening)
Baby – 24-40 weeks- 2nd and 3rd term
Viability of fetus surviving outside the womb, independent of mother;
disability severity/quality of life. Illness, injury, surgeries, respirators, life support, independent thought and action as they grow. Will they ever be independent adults?
At 22-25 weeks gestation, there is still a very high death rate and high permanent disability rate. Despite medical advancement. Even without abortion as a factor.
Mayo Clinic – gestational weight and size charts of 24-40 weeks
SB9 – Kentucky – fetal heartbeat law- @6 weeks
12 weeks – By now the baby might be about 2 1/2 inches (61 millimeters) long from crown to rump — the length of the short side of a U.S. bill — and weigh about 1/2 ounce (14 grams).
26 weeks – By now the baby might be 9 inches (230 millimeters) long from crown to rump and weigh nearly 2 pounds (820 grams).
why perform third trimester abortions? –
bleeding, still birth, fetal abnormality
obgyn online library – severe fetal anomyly
Boulder Abortion Clinic – mother or fetus is in imminent danger