Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Spontaneous and induced

Someone in response to one of my earlier posts commented that, "When a doctor does late term abotions it is NOT I repeat NOT a normal process!" and that is correct. It is equally correct to say that a late term abortion - induced or spontaneous - is not natural. The problem is not whether it is a medical procedure but how long the pregnancy has continued. Medical procedures during late-term pregnancy are always difficult and abnbormal. They are not thereby wrong. Yes, ethical questions should be raised. But flip answers should not forbid all such procedures. The women I know who have considered inducing abortion in the third trimester have all wrestled with a variety of questions and the decision should, I believe, be left to those women and their doctors rather than some rule set by those who are not personally involved.

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