Originally posted by Amaterasu
What would you do in this situation:
You have broken your pelvis, say, and go in for an x-ray at 6 months. Also, you have come down with bronchitis and are prescribed tetracycline.
Now x-rays are seriously bad for a developing fetus, and tetracycline is known to cause serious birth defects ala thalidomide.
Shortly after you have had your x-ray and are nearly done with your 10 day prescription of tetracycline, you are told you are 8 weeks pregnant.
What do you choose to do?
[edit on 8/3/2008 by Amaterasu]
I'm going to delurk for a second to answer this.
Bit of a backstory, I was on some pretty (albeit redundant now, been off since I found out about little one) heavy duty meds for a long time (11 years
at the point of this story). I found out I was pregnant, I was then told due to all the meds my kiddo would have a hell of a lot wrong with her, I
also tested high on one of the many blood tests I got during the pregnancy.
I was told all about her many, many issues, I was told all about what not only her life but mine would be like (not good, she wouldn't have been in
pain but it would have been a struggle more so for me). It was quite a laundry list...
I was told to abort.
To be honest, you would have thought that doc was telling me to take a tylenol with the way he said that.
I'm happy to say, that the child with so many problems just turned one August 2.
The docs were all wrong, she's perfect. She's got nothing in the world wrong with her, although they told me otherwise.
I prepared myself for a very long time, researched ways to help her out. Thinking she's never walk. Thinking about the million horrible things, it
was my fault she'd be born with.
Although, I am in no was saying that this would be the case 100% of the time. I did what I felt was "right". Although the legal system tells me
it's a-ok to abort my child, I choose it to be my right to keep her.
My bio mom (yep I'm one of the "unwanted" kids) found out about me and came to the decision to give me a chance with another family. I had a heart
defect to boot, at 4 months my parents adopted me. They had the choice to "pick another kid", again though- here I am.
I don't think that the system is perfect, it's honestly quote beyond repair.
Roe vs. Wade is a joke. The solution has a lot wrong with it.
The alternatives offered aren't much better. Lack of sex ed, teaching abstinence, and all that bs isn't really conductive with how people work.
Granted this is my real life answer to your question, I could easily go on...
Oh and I'm one of them atheists, liberal, feminists to boot. (I just thought that was worth a mention.) There are a million different reasons I've
come to the conclusions I have about the whole debate. If I get the time, I'll provide more info. As for now, the one year old is raising a bit of
heck(she just woke up..).