Years ago, women who had epilepsy were often discouraged from getting pregnant. Today, that's no longer the case. Thanks to early and regular prenatal care, more than 90 percent of pregnant women who have epilepsy deliver healthy babies, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.
Any medication you take during pregnancy can affect your baby. Birth defects — including cleft palate, neural tube defects, skeletal abnormalities, and congenital heart and urinary tract defects — are the primary concern with seizure medications. In addition, taking certain seizure medications, such as those that contain valproate, or more than one seizure medication during pregnancy can increase the risk that your baby will have impaired cognitive development. Valproate products include valproate sodium (Depacon), divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote ER) and valproic acid (Depakene, Stavzor). Other problems caused by seizure medications might include minor birth defects that affect the baby's appearance, such as wide-set eyes or a short upper lip — though it isn't clear whether this is related to the drugs or the disease.
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Could a developmentally disabled woman be forced to have an abortion? At issue right now in the Washoe County District Court is if the pregnant woman's guardian’s wishes need to be respected or if the judge should and could step in to overrule them and possibly force an abortion.
The case Thursday had to be moved to a bigger courtroom after so many people shuffled in - including the pregnant 32-year-old who we're not identifying at the request of the judge.
“This case is really a life and death case,” attorney Jason Guinasso said.
Guinasso represents the woman's adopted parents and legal guardians who want to follow their religious beliefs to carry the child to term. But the attorney says presiding judge Egan Walker told him it's the court's power and responsibility to decide if the baby's born since the mother has the mental capacity of about a 6 year old and it's not clear if the pregnancy was consensual or rape.
“We fundamentally disagree with the court on it's ability to even conduct these proceedings. The guardians would like what they already have the right to do and that is make a decision,” Guinasso said,
A News 4 check of court filings show there have been no demands yet for the pregnancy to be terminated, and the judge hasn't told us if that option is even on the table, but multiple medical experts testified today this is a high risk pregnancy since the woman has epilepsy, bipolar disorder and the baby runs the risk of birth defects from mom's medications and STDs.
The one thing everyone agrees on is a decision should be made soon because as controversy grows, so does the fetus.
Originally posted by glen200376
What i want to know is if she is that mentally handicapped what kind of pervert impregnated her.
No matter how retarded some people are they always know how to have sex.
Originally posted by Wertdagf
reply to post by shadwgirl
there are alot of babies who already need adopted.
If you cant handle the responsibility of raising a child dont go making them. If your still dumb enough to get prego then i agree with society preventing it.
Should we have a licensing system?
Who sponsors the licensing? What is the curriculum? What concessions and state approved activates must you engage in to receive it? If we have separation of church and state, will the parent’s religious persuasion affect the licensing process? How would you pre-emptively determine an unfit parent? What’s to stop the state from determining how many children you are allowed regardless of your personal means to provide for them? How much will these licences cost? In a time when big government is already bloated and bleeding our money, will the revenue generated pay for the bureaucratic red tape that such a program would create?
You do realize that what we are talking about is not the same as the privilege to operate a motor vehicle, right? I have an innate right to father children, and spank their asses when they’re out of line. Being a parent is not a privilege.
Two movements developed in response to these fears. Both considered the
nation a "race" that could be strengthened by keeping the birth rate of the
"fit" (the affluent) above that of the "unfit" (the poor). They differed
only in whose birth rate they wanted to change.
The eugenicists warned of "race suicide" if the nation's dominant group,
educated people of Northern European descent, did not increase its birthrate.
President Theodore Roosevelt expressed their view in March 1905 when he
attacked women who used birth control as "criminal against the race."
This group wanted more children from the "fit."
The other movement, birth controllers, was more attractive to feminists such
as Margaret Sanger. It did not demand that affluent women abandon careers
for large families. It planned to achieve race building by forcing down the
birth rate of the "unfit." In her autobiography, Margaret Sanger summarized
the differences between the two movements:
Eugenics without birth control seemed to me a house
built upon sands...The eugenicists wanted to shift the
birth-control emphasis from less children for the poor
to more children for the rich. We went back of that and
sought to stop the multiplication of the unfit."
To stop this "multiplication," Sanger could be harsh. Her book The Pivot of
Civilization has a chapter called "The Cruelty of Charity." In it she blasts
as "insidiously injurious" programs to provide "medical and nursing
facilities to slum mothers." Such programs "facilitate the function of
maternity" when "the absolute necessity is to discourage it." Sanger believed
that a poor woman who died in childbirth gave other poor women more incentive
to visit her conveniently located birth control clinics.
My question is how much weight do we put on the opinion of “experts” and how much authority do we give the “enforcers” of this ideology?
The Washoe County Public Guardian’s Office was appointed by Family Court Judge Egan Walker as a neutral fact finder to investigate the case of a mentally handicapped pregnant 32-year-old woman with the reported mental capacity of a six-year-old. The woman’s court-appointed legal guardians–who are her parents –had failed to submit required annual reports of her condition to the Court, resulting in a status review of the case by the Court. As is required by statute as a mandatory report, the woman’s physician had notified Washoe County Adult Social Services that his patient was pregnant and that he was concerned that as a vulnerable person, she had been impregnated by an unknown person, possibly against her will.
She has a history of eloping from her placement and engaging in risky sexual behavior for money.
Dr. Torch also cites Elisa’s history of seizures, medications to treat them, and her obesity as justifications for possible abortion and sterilization. Bauer says Elisa has been seizure-free for eight years, and the medications aren’t a danger. Reno OB-GYN and four OB-GYN’s from Pennsylvania concur in letters to Bauer, and add that he and Amy were wise to have Elisa stop taking the contraceptive Depo-Provera because it contributed to her obesity.
According to court documents from Elisa Bauer’s neurologist Dr. William Torch, Elisa “stated that she did not want to have the baby” and “she wanted to be taken to the Emergency Room to ‘take the baby out.’”
Whitenack said he had spent “countless hours” with Elisa and did not believe she was capable of taking care of a baby, and would fight for her right and that of the developmentally disabled to “have a choice in their life [sic].” .... and asked why they weren’t fighting for equality for all people, not just unborn children.
Whitenack dismissed several offers by couples wanting to adopt Elisa’s baby as making Elisa “a surrogate for rich white people.”
Bauer is the rector of St. Columba’s Traditional Anglican Church in Fernley, which recently suffered a fire.