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Monday, April 30, 2007

Absolutely Cruel

As I was looking for stories to blog about, this one caught my eye. It's absolutely cruel!!

A 17-year-old girl who is four months pregnant and whose child cannot survive outside the womb has gone to the High Court to challenge a decision by the Health Service Executive to stop her leaving the State for an abortion.

She found out a week ago that her baby has a condition called anencephaly, which means the baby's brain is not developing properly.


According to the website for the University of Virginia Health System, this is what anencephaly is:

Anencephaly is a condition present at birth that affects the formation of the brain and the skull bones that surround the head. Anencephaly results in only minimal development of the brain. Often, the brain lacks part or all of the cerebrum (the area of the brain that is responsible for thinking, vision, hearing, touch, and movement). There is no bony covering over the back of the head and there may also be missing bones around the front and sides of the head.

The following are the most common symptoms of anencephaly. However, each child may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms may include:

* absence of bony covering over the back of the head

* missing bones around the front and sides of the head

* folding of the ears

* cleft palate - a condition in which the roof of the child's mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity.

* congenital heart defects

* some basic reflexes, but without the cerebrum, there can be no consciousness and the baby cannot survive.


The most disgusting thing about this whole situation is that the only way this girl can be considered for an abortion is if she "presents herself as suicidal." So either she has to fake being suicidal, fake a suicide attempt, or actually attempt to commit suicide. Nice, huh?

Is there even a point in continuing her pregnancy? I mean really, is there a point? Why put this girl through the trauma of continuing the pregnancy? Why force her to carry what is essentially a DEAD fetus to term? Once it's born, it's not going to live. So, why force her to go through that experience? Do they enjoy adding to the already traumatic and tragic situation for this girl? It's just absolutely sick!!

She is challenging the ruling, and I hope for her sake that she wins!!

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2 Comments:

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Ron West said…

    Wow. That's astounding. I was going to comment that even if the poor child lived, the right-to-lifers would probably want to deny the kid welfare.

     
  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    I was thinking the same thing Ron.

    Another thought was, HERE'S THE POSTER CHILD FOR PRO-LIFERS. Even though the fetus is basically DEAD, I can totally see these groups exploiting the situation for their "cause."

     

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