azimuth - 5/9/2005 10:50 PM
I am perplexed, If partial birth abortion is used to save the mother's life, then the mother's life is threatened by the birth of the foetus. how does having the foetus be born, where all but the head is out of the birth canal, relieve the threat to the mother's life? With the head in the birth canal the foetus is 80% born. That's hardly relief. Mind you, the head needs to be accesible enough or close enough to the outer portion of the birth canal so as to puncture the skull with a sharp, rigid instrument and then suck the brains out to collapsed the skull. Are you aware that the foetus jerks and wriths violently when the sharp object, usually scissors, is jabbed into the back of it's skull?
I'll drop the act on this one!
While I do support a woman's right to have an abortion, regardless of her motivations, I think that there should be a limit to the gestational stage at which one can be performed.
As you described it, partial birth abortions are barbaric and simply criminal.
I have no medical training, but could not the determination of a cause for such procedure be attainable early in the gestation? I can't imagine the trauma. As a father, more generally as a human being, the picture you painted for me makes me want to throw up, it hurts.
I'll express the same disbelief as you Azimuth. I can't see why the foetus is not allowed a chance in a NICU.
If partial birth abortions are performed when the life of the mother is at stake, then fine, C-section. The foetus can either make it in the incubator and everyone is safe and happy, or it can't, and Hypocrat, Azimuth, and I are less disgusted.
I suppose the difficult question is what if the baby is doomed to a life of hardships because of malformations from being extracted to early from the womb.
I can't imagine that anyone would have this procedure performed for convenience reasons. If there are, I suppose (and hope) that these will be traumatized for life.
The next question is about coverage. Who will accept the burden if the newborn is to spend weeks or months in the NICU and the parents are without insurance coverage?
Flame me for this, I think that medical care for everyone should be a priority over billions spent in foreign aid, wars, and lobbying. Let's take care of our kids (our future), our seniors (the ones without whom we would not be in the position we are in) and our sick (our lot, whomever we are, at some point in life).