While those in our own family support community understand the fact that those in the medical community are merely "practicing" medicine, far too many individuals place their full trust in the hands of the individuals holding the degree in medicine.
Most often during diagnosis a doctor advises:
based upon the fact that the child will not:
ultimately, babies diagnosed with hydranencephaly and other similarly devastating diagnoses will not even
not a life beyond a vegetative state; not one without necessary medical equipment to sustain life (that's what those pesky medical textbooks we can't seem to find a way to change, read anyways!)
Think this doesn't happen in the US?
Think these stories only happen in smaller countries where medical knowledge is much more limited?
It happens DAILY, likely multiple times but we have no way of knowing the numbers because too many babies are aborted and not counted in to the statistics...
~I'm not here to debate the pro-life vs. pro-choice stance, but I believe wholeheartedly that parents should be given a full range of information and allowed to make the best decision for them. I can only speak for myself, as well as a few others who had similar pregnancy stories as my own, in saying that the doctors did NOT give a full range of information; but instead, presented the only scenario as death of my baby occurring before my pregnancy came to term whether it was voluntary or involuntary. Essentially, a "medically induced termination of pregnancy" was given as the choice option... and my choice to continue the pregnancy was not one that was supported.
Most recently, this article came through my email inbox:
Read it, then let's chat facts in the comments here on our blog, on our Facebook page, or over on Twitter! What would YOU do if you were faced with a terminal diagnosis for your unborn child and the doctors presented the option of termination as the "best" most "advisable" option (for those who have not faced this decision already, of course, and if you have... would you choose differently?)