A comment on RH Reality Check today from a mother who aborted her handicapped baby:

I… received the news that the fetus [I] was carrying was going to die – there was not one thing that could be done, he had no kidneys and a host of other problems. I was just a little more than halfway through my pregnancy when I received the news and after weeks of agonizing, chose to end my pregnancy through early elective induction. I held my son when he was born alive and kept him with my husband and I until he died peacefully in my arms.

There’s that choice. And there’s the choice to let God decide. MSNBC reported March 24 – in a well-done article, I might add – on the perinatal hospice movement, growing as doctors are able to diagnose more fetal handicaps earlier.
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There are now 55 such programs nationwide, tracked here. One person involved in the movement estimated only 10-20% of mothers receiving a poor prenatal diagnosis carry their babies to term. That jumps to 40% if given hospice support.
Here’s the bottom line, quoting MSNBC


“It’s the worst news that anyone could get – that your child is going to die,” says [genetic counselor Cheri] Schoonveld. “These horrible feelings aren’t going to go away with a termination. But the flip side is that they’re not going to go away after a baby is born either…. ”
Having talked to mothers who aborted their handicapped babies, I’ve heard plenty of regrets. But I’ve never heard of a mother regretting her decision to protect and love her fatally ill baby until s/he naturally died. Here is 1 family’s story, from MSNBC:

[HT: readers Andy and Hannah]

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