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  •  I HAVE A question (2+ / 0-)
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    marykk, Oh Mary Oh

    IF something goes wrong at a late tern abortion and the child begins to breathe on it's own,then what?

    •  That's a great question (4+ / 0-)

      I don't know what the diarist's take is, but mine is that at that point, it's unethical to do anything to hasten death.  Now assuming that in the greatest number of cases, those abortions are the result of something being terribly wrong, death is probably in the doorway anyway, and will take over soon.  But if not, there's an absolute moral obligation to support the life of the infant.

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      by marykk on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 03:16:41 PM PST

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      •  Agree with that. (3+ / 0-)
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        Pandoras Box, marykk, Oh Mary Oh

        The response depends on the circumstances. Sometimes a baby will be born with a lethal heart or neurological defect, alive but doomed. In those cases, if the parents wish (usually), they can hold the baby and say goodbye, sometimes staying in the hospital for a couple of days to do so. This is in the case of ordinary delivery, not abortion, but the principle is the same with live birth post attempted abortion. If, however, the fetus (now baby) is born viable after unsuccessful abortion, attempts at resuscitation are started (or should be, at least), even if the mother objects, because, as a rule, at that point the baby is considered to have rights of its own.

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        by OrdinaryIowan on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:50:43 PM PST

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    •  what do you think should be done? (2+ / 0-)
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      irishwitch, marykk

      "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

      by Pandoras Box on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 05:58:19 PM PST

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