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#1 jules095

Posted 05 June 2006 - 03:01 PM

I saw this article in the Sunday Herald Sun.

Aborted for perfection

Aborted for perfection

FETUSES are being aborted after 20 weeks in Victoria because of minor, treatable birth defects such as cleft palates and club feet.

The revelation has raised fears that abortion is being used to satisfy parents' desire for the "perfect" baby.

Ultrasounds have been able to pick up the presence of a cleft palate in an unborn baby only in the past few years through advancements in technology.

There were 191 perinatal deaths because of birth defects in Victoria in 2004 130 of which were terminated after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection Unit.

Many of the birth defects were serious conditions of the central nervous or cardiovascular system and the babies were unlikely to survive.

But the figures show 12 late-term abortions for musculoskeletal abnormalities, a category that includes dwarfism, club feet and cleft palate conditions.

Anti-abortion crusader Victorian senator Julian McGauran said to "snuff out a life so late for so little is abhorrent and ought to be a crime".

"These defects are being picked up late term and if society knew this was a practice going on in major hospitals they would not accept it," Senator McGauran said.

Victorian cleft palate support group Cleftpals Vic said the trend was alarming and sad.

Group co-ordinator Marie Alabakov, whose 21-year-old daughter has a cleft palate, said she knew nothing of her daughter's condition until she was born.

"If people are doing this, it is because of their fear of the unknown and a lack of information," she said.

"Knowing what I know, I would not have changed my mind to have her.

"The condition is entirely treatable with surgery and physiotherapy and it is amazing what doctors can do.

"These days after treatment, a cleft palate appears little more than a scar on the lip."

Cleft palates are the sixth most common birth defect in Victoria, occurring at a rate of one in 952 pregnancies.

The Royal Women's Hospital would not confirm whether it was doing late term abortions because of babies having cleft palates.

"The hospital only performs terminations because the mental or physical health of the mother is in danger," a spokeswoman said.
Is this what the world is coming to?

Jules xoxoxo

#2 *sunshine*

Posted 05 June 2006 - 03:04 PM

Theres already a thread going on this in News and Social Issues,but I'll reiterate here what I said there original.gif

I have to say this is a bit of a inflammatory article.

I am pro choice,butI do think it is abhorrant that people would terminate for minor issues such as club foot or cleft palate.I know I wouldnt.

However while the article states that

But the figures show 12 late-term abortions for musculoskeletal abnormalities, a category that includes dwarfism, club feet and cleft palate conditions.

It doesnt specify what condition(s) made people decide to terminate,it just leads them along to jump to their own conclusions.I'd suggest that there are other more serious musculoskeletal conditions also in that category that werent mentioned  

Just my 2c

Edited by *sunshine*, 05 June 2006 - 03:04 PM.

#3 --descentia--

Posted 05 June 2006 - 03:07 PM

I completely agree with the PP. This article is just an inflammatory anti abortion piece. I would advise people to get the full story before jumping on the 'this is horrific' bandwagon.

#4 jules095

Posted 05 June 2006 - 06:20 PM

Sorry girls. I didn't see the other thread.  blush.gif

Just ignore this one. ph34r.gif

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