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Saturday, September 18, 2004

What does it mean to have Choice?

What does it mean to have Choice? A choice for what? You might ask. A choice to put an end to a baby's life (or a baby wannabe's life).

Rani had her ultrasound scan this morning and the doctor said that today was the best time (13 weeks and 6 days) to check on the baby's neck thickness. What is it? Baby's neck thickness? This screening test (also called the nuchal fold scan) uses ultrasound to measure the clear ("translucent") space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck. This measurement can help your practitioner give you an assessment of your baby's risk for Down syndrome (DS) and other chromosomal abnormalities. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their necks during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger. While it won't give you the definite diagnosis you'd get from more invasive tests like CVS and amniocentesis, it can help you decide whether you want to undergo diagnostic testing. And unlike diagnostic tests, it's painless and involves no risk to you or your baby. yada yada yada...

So, what does it mean? It means that the doctor is suggesting that we will have to make a choice. A choice? we ask... yes, a choice, to ultimately decide if you want to take a risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome or not. If you want to take the risk, go ahead and keep the fetus until birth and raise the child. BUT, if you don't want to take the risk, YOU CAN HAVE AN ABORTION. It was implied but not mentioned. Yes, that's how science works, they say...

Nevermind, we already make a choice... we will take the risk and be happy... good or bad.... a baby is a miracle and we will keep and raise and love and care until the day we die.


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