To: Faith; NYer; narses; julieee; wagglebee; Salvation
"If the pregnancy is continued, risk of injury or serious illness is 100 times greater than with an abortion."
I don't have time right now to look up the stats, but on the face of it, this is fallacious for two reasons:
- deaths/illnesses during pregnancy or immediately after childbirth are not at all deaths/illnesses "caused by pregnancy or childbirth." I have known, personally, several Ob/Gyns who told me that they had never in their long careers seen a woman die during pregnancy or childbirth, though they acknowledged that it sometimes happens (though it's statistically rare); one (Dr. Jose Espinosa) told me that any doctor who says an abortion is "necessary" to prevent a pregnant woman's death "is admitting he is either unwilling or unable to practice modern obstetrics."
- the legitimate statistical comparison would be, not "all pregnancies/childbirths vs all pregnancy/childbirth deaths," but broken down into categories, in terms of condition, comparing:
- women with diabetes
- women with hypertension
- women who smoke, etc.
In other words, the question is whether women are dying "from the pregnancy" or dying "of underlying conditions" who might have died with with or without a pregnancy.
One of our local high-risk pregnancy specialists (Dr. Brenda Crowder) pointed out to me that women with "underlying conditions" might very well have a higher survival rate because of the pregnancy, in the sense that a pregnant woman is highly motivated to have frequent monitoring, to cease harmful habits (e.g. smmoking), to eat better, and generally take care of herself.
Dr. Crowder also points out that the well-being factors for pregnant moms and babies don't naturally compete; they naturally coincide. Anything that hurts one, will hurt both; anything that benefits one, will benefit both; "You can't embrace an unborn child without embracing the woman whose body already embraces him."
posted on 01/08/2010 12:44:57 PM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
("God bless the child who's got his own." Arthur Herzog Jr./Billie Holiday)
To: Mrs. Don-o
Great post, Mrs. D. I thank you for your thoughts. Just wondering if there could be a legal challenge (such as filing a complaint) regarding this statement through the Ohio Health Department. It does not seem right that this clinic should be allowed to use such scare tactics to generate business. Any comments would be appreciated.
posted on 01/08/2010 12:52:16 PM PST
(Natural born citizen and willing to prove it.)
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