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“My Unwanted Abortion” Part 2

This post is overdue.  I have started to write it many times.  The woman’s situation in the Marie Claire article is heartbreaking.  It is hard not to put yourself in her shoes.  To feel her joy, shock, and utter pain.

Essentially, I am left with question upon question:

Are parents being adequately informed about prenatal testing- the risks, how to handle the results, reasons to decline testing?

In what situations would parents be better off not to test?

Do medical “miracles” exist?

What are the emotional and physical implications of deciding to end a life that has been labeled unviable versus waiting the natural course?

How did the nurse in the story rationalize her participation in something she thought required “praying for your soul?”

What support and resources are available to women in the midst of choices like these, and healing from the loss of a child?

On a more joyful note, it appears that the woman in the story has a beautiful little boy.

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“My Unwanted Abortion”

I was on my way back to Tucson from Salt Lake City, and my excessively long layover in Vegas had become even longer than originally anticipated.  After a quick bite (i.e. a $12 fast food burrito) and some email catch-up time (thank you, free internet!), I thought a magazine was in order.  Having exhausted my favorite magazines on the flights to Salt Lake, I knew my options would be limited, and figured I could try to find something that was closer to the mildly unhealthy side of the fashion magazine spectrum.

After having flipped through a few, an article near the back of one caught my eye…

I bought the magazine and read it during the flight, but the story stuck with me long after the flight ended.  I plan on trying to articulate my thoughts soon in a follow up post, but for now, is there anything that strikes you about this article?