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Australia Practitioner Defends Decision to Do Abortion at 32 Weeks (baby diagnosed with dwarfism)
Life News ^ | 12.12.07 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 12/22/2007 10:58:16 PM PST by Coleus

Canberra, Australia (LifeNews.com) -- The man who did a late-term abortion at 32 weeks into a woman's pregnancy on an unborn baby diagnosed with dwarfism is defending his decision. Lachlan de Crespigny has been prevented by the courts from talking about the case until now, and he told Australian media he has no regrets about doing the controversial abortion.  Five doctors at Royal Women's Hospital were involved in the February 2000 abortion and the Australia Medical Practitioners Board ultimately decided against subjecting them to formal disciplinary hearings.

The abortion has drawn strong opposition form the pro-life community and Liberal senator Julian McGauran, who complained the condition was no reason to allow a woman to have an abortion so late into the pregnancy. In his interview with The Age newspaper, de Crespigny claims the woman was so distressed about the news that her baby had dwarfism that she became suicidal and pleaded for an abortion.

The hospital physicians injected potassium chloride into the baby's heart in what de Crespigny calls a "lifesaving" medical procedure. "If we didn't do it and the woman died we would have potentially been charged with manslaughter and gone to jail," he told the newspaper. "So in a legal sense, you could argue that we were compelled to offer it." He told The Age he has not seen or spoken to the woman in question since the abortion and hasn't been able to talk about the case since a court allowed him to do so last week. The names of the other doctors involved and the woman who had the abortion remain under court seal, but de Crespigny asked the courts to let him out of the confidentiality clause so he could tell his story.

"I feel enormous compassion for her position," he says. "I don't know whether she would support me or not support me in doing this." He admits he is still haunted by the abortion. "It's better now in that I don't think about it all day every day, but I think about it a lot every day," de Crespigny said. "I still wake up at night and I still lie awake thinking about it every night. It used to be for hours every night. But now I switch off and go back to sleep far more quickly."



TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; dwarfism; eugenics; murder

1 posted on 12/22/2007 10:58:18 PM PST by Coleus
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2 posted on 12/22/2007 11:00:31 PM PST by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: wagglebee

Ping.


3 posted on 12/22/2007 11:00:43 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Coleus

How’s this different from the racial purity slaughterfests of the Nazis?


4 posted on 12/22/2007 11:14:50 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Grimmy
How’s this different from the racial purity slaughterfests of the Nazis?

Its not.

5 posted on 12/22/2007 11:25:31 PM PST by HerrBlucher (He's the coolest thing around, gonna shut HRC down, gonna turn it on, wind it up, blow em out, FDT!)
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To: Coleus
I suspect, if polled, that most dwarfs would tell you that they would prefer life to the alternative. I sure would hope so, at least.
6 posted on 12/22/2007 11:51:30 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye
This breaks my heart!!!! My oldest daughter is a Dwarf and is the finest and most wonderful person in the world! She is 30 years old and has a great job with a terrific company in Atlanta, GA. She is very active in her church and has traveled to South America and Mexico on Mission Outreaches with our church.Nothing is too hard for her, she gives 110 % to everything she does including raising German Shepherd dogs! What a blessing this woman has missed! There are many “little people” that adopt and give children loving and stable homes. My husband and I are proud to death of our "Gifts from God", all four of them!
7 posted on 12/23/2007 1:29:32 AM PST by tajgirvan (Please Pray for Steve Godbold, Christian Missionary Kidnapped by Muslims in Africa. 10/11/07)
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To: Coleus

He should have had her watch a few episodes of ‘Little People Big World’ before carrying out a murder, she may have changed her mind.


8 posted on 12/23/2007 2:21:07 AM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: CalvaryJohn

I apologize for my profanity. I just couldn’t think of any other way to put it.


10 posted on 12/23/2007 3:44:34 AM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: CalvaryJohn

You said it well.


11 posted on 12/23/2007 4:07:06 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Coleus
Just because the child was going to be born a dwarf?

What in the hell?

12 posted on 12/23/2007 4:14:27 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Coleus
Abortion is the planned murder of the most
helpless and anybody that condones it are
aiding and abetting the murder.
13 posted on 12/23/2007 4:29:23 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Rudy,Romney,McCain, Huckabee will send a self-abused stomped elephant to the DRNC.)
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To: CalvaryJohn

I didn’t even notice the profanity because it was so appropriate.


14 posted on 12/23/2007 4:30:18 AM PST by Bluebird Singing
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To: CalvaryJohn

You said what I was thinking. Sometimes we all have thoughts that don’t belong on JR’s forum.


15 posted on 12/23/2007 4:43:41 AM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: Coleus

>>”If we didn’t do it and the woman died we would have potentially been charged with manslaughter and gone to jail,” he told the newspaper. “So in a legal sense, you could argue that we were compelled to offer it.”<<

“If the woman died??!!” Is carrying a child suffering from Dwarfism to term lethal? I suspect that they are implying that the woman would have killed herself. If that was the case (i.e. if the woman was able to credibly argue that she intended to commit suicide if forced to carry her baby to term), then the attending physician should have asked her to wait until AFTER the birth to commit suicide.


16 posted on 12/23/2007 4:49:29 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Coleus
." He admits he is still haunted by the abortion. "It's better now in that I don't think about it all day every day, but I think about it a lot every day," de Crespigny said. "I still wake up at night and I still lie awake thinking about it every night. It used to be for hours every night. But now I switch off and go back to sleep far more quickly."

You think it is hard now, I suspect you might have all eternity to think what you have done....and I dont suspect it will have anything to do with getting a good nights sleep.

17 posted on 12/23/2007 4:51:04 AM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
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To: alexander_busek
Is carrying a child suffering from Dwarfism to term lethal?
That's my question. I'm trying to figure out how the woman might die without the abortion. The Little People of Australia (and the world) need to make their voices heard.
18 posted on 12/23/2007 5:39:23 AM PST by Clara Lou (Thompson '08)
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To: Clara Lou

My wife - who is in the 37th week of her pregnancy right now - instantly asked: “What about adoption?”

Interesting that the word “adoption” appears no where in the article.


19 posted on 12/23/2007 5:42:20 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Coleus
Dwarfism.

I kind of get it about the dying in horrible pain kind of birth defect, but [i]dwarfism[/i]?

Dwarfs can lead nearly normal lives, and even be parents themselves.

20 posted on 12/23/2007 6:07:17 AM PST by Salman
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To: Coleus

I hope someone will ask Matt, Amy, and Zach of “Little People, Big World” about this. During the lead-in to each show, Amy says, “We can do most things average height people can do, we just do them a little differently”, as they show her closing the hatch on their minivan by standing on the bumper.

Dwarfism is certainly no reason to kill someone!


21 posted on 12/23/2007 6:40:21 AM PST by libertylover (Liberals: Trying to convert the U.S. into a country the Founding Father's wouldn't recognize.)
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To: Grimmy

All hail the nazi master race alive and well in Australia???


22 posted on 12/23/2007 6:59:33 AM PST by x_plus_one (The entire Islamic moral universe devolves solely from the life and teachings of Muhammad.)
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To: Coleus

The Matt Roloff family seems to be doing pretty well with their tv show centering on Matt, his wife Amy, and son Zach who happen to be dwarfs. In the shows opening segment, Amy states they are just like everyone else just that they have to do things a little differently.


23 posted on 12/23/2007 7:19:29 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Coleus

1. Dwarfism is not a lethal birth defect either to the child or the mother. At least that I’m aware.

2. If there’s a concern that the mother will do harm to herself because of her mental distress, it strikes me (as a layman) that the solution, and the attending physicians’ legal and ethical responsibility, is to treat her mental distress, not to abort the child.

3. Personally, I think getting struck off the Aussie medical register ought to be the least of these ghouls’ problems.


24 posted on 12/23/2007 7:41:14 AM PST by RichInOC (Vote Yes on Rule 303.)
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To: Coleus

One of the nicest, most productive guys at my office is a “dwarf”, or whatever the term is.


25 posted on 12/23/2007 8:33:09 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mitt bit the apple. Hillary will stuff it down your throat!)
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26 posted on 12/23/2007 8:51:57 AM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: All; cpforlife.org

What is it with Australia?

“BREAKING - Australia Supreme Court just ordered removal of life support against family pleas”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1941645/posts


27 posted on 12/23/2007 9:26:41 AM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: tajgirvan

thank you for that post.
i’m glad that your daughter is doing so well!
your post is a gift to all of us who have read it.


28 posted on 12/23/2007 12:37:56 PM PST by drhogan
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To: Coleus

I so wish I could have adopted this child. I am NOT alone.


29 posted on 12/23/2007 12:38:57 PM PST by Yaelle (FRED, the most intelligent choice)
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To: Coleus

Oh! Oh! I forgot to include, in my sadness, that I have a friend who had a baby a year ago, and this little boy was diagnosed with unusually short femurs in the 3rd trimester, and they told her that it was a sign he would possibly have dwarfism!! She was sad, and did LOTS of research online. I researched with her.

When her baby was born, he was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Every limb was the right size and is still so, one year later. No sign of dwarfism!! (Of course he would have been perfect as a dwarf too!)


30 posted on 12/23/2007 12:41:53 PM PST by Yaelle (FRED, the most intelligent choice)
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To: x_plus_one

“All hail the nazi master race alive and well in Australia???”

The entire abortion movement is a mirror to the nazi ideology.

Rid us of the weak.
Rid us of those born to the stupid.
Rid us of those born to the feckless.
Rid us of the mud peoples.

They’ve dressed that pig up in a new party dress and slathered it with sparkle makeup, but it’s still that pig.


31 posted on 12/23/2007 2:12:03 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: drhogan

You are most welcome.Our daughters name is an old Welsh name that means “strong and able or Pearl” she has been all those things to everyone she meets. When I became pregnant with our third and fourth child, I had to sign a medical release to the state of CA. that I refused tests that would determine if the child had any defects. They were fine and both are over 6 ft. tall including my youngest daughter.So our “Pearl” has sibling’s and cousins that are 6 ft tall(even the girls) and yet she is the “Giant” because she has always gone the extra mile and tackled everything in her life with determination and The Grace of God! GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES OR JUNK TO BE THROWN AWAY!! Thank you for allowing me to do a little bragging and ranting. His Peace be with you,FRiend.:)


32 posted on 12/23/2007 7:07:08 PM PST by tajgirvan (Please Pray for Steve Godbold, Christian Missionary Kidnapped by Muslims in Africa. 10/11/07)
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To: Coleus; All

I notice the usual nazi-sympathizers haven’t shown up yet. Maybe it’s still early.

Or maybe even their warped mentalities can’t justify this.


33 posted on 12/23/2007 7:26:51 PM PST by snuffy smiff (the lesser of two evils... is still evil...)
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To: tajgirvan
GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES OR JUNK TO BE THROWN AWAY!!

Amen. But, you have to acknowledge God and have Faith in Him to believe that.
34 posted on 12/23/2007 7:34:12 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

Sad but True. I really enjoyed the link on your Homepage. Wish I had visited it before I finished my Christmas shopping! I put it on my favorites for Birthdays and Christmas next year, The Lord willing! Merry Christmas, FRiend !


35 posted on 12/23/2007 7:48:30 PM PST by tajgirvan (Please Pray for Steve Godbold, Christian Missionary Kidnapped by Muslims in Africa. 10/11/07)
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To: tajgirvan

Thank you! And a Blessed Christmas to you too!


36 posted on 12/23/2007 7:51:28 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Future Useless Eater; Ohioan from Florida; TheSarce; 8mmMauser

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37 posted on 12/23/2007 8:02:32 PM PST by Coleus (Jesus is the reason for the Season)
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