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Anti-Choice Say Risk Your Life For An Ectopic Pregnancy

Anti-Choice Say Risk Your Life For An Ectopic Pregnancy

 

Imagine you had a medical condition that was treatable, but potentially life threatening. Do you seek medical help, or just wait and see if it “resolves” on its own.

That’s the approach that more and more anti-choice activists are pushing for women who have ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy that implants in the fallopian tube rather than in the uterus), and now they are twisting new studies to support their belief.

An ectopic pregnancy, when discovered early, can be easily treated with a shot of methotrexate, which will end the pregnancy and allow the body to miscarriage in the beginning stages of pregnancy. As a result, there is no issue of potential damage to the fallopian tube, meaning less likelihood of injury or death to the mother and greater chance and keeping full fertility.

But those who argue against abortion are even arguing against it in cases of possible injury or death to the woman carrying the fetus and are willing to twist studies to do it. A recent article in Lifenews states that “‘catastrophic outcomes’ that occur when ectopic pregnancies are misdiagnosed and then ‘treated’ with chemical abortions something the authors say amounts to a ‘serious public health issue.’

Of course the key here is “misdiagnosed,” meaning that these pregnancies were never actually ectopic in the first place. The author then cites that the study claims that “40% of initial diagnoses of ectopic pregnancy are erroneous,” a number that is both astounding and likely incorrect, as the study they are quoting cites just eight cases of misdiagnosed ectopic in three different centers all together over a period of eight years.

The author then claims that if left alone, “eighty percent of mothers with ectopic pregnancy will experience spontaneous resolution,” another clear misreporting of a clinical study. In fact, 80 percent of ectopic pregnancies with an hcg (a hormone created when pregnant) of less than 1000 will resolve by themselves, where as all ectopic pregnancies with a higher hormone level than that must be dealt with medically. An hcg of less that 1000 is a sign of an nonviable pregnancy that will not end up being carried to term.

In other words, 80 percent of those ectopic pregnancies that appear to already be in the process of miscarrying are likely to resolve on there own. But not the majority.

So how do anti-abortion activists suggest women who are having an ectopic pregnancy proceed? According to them, ignore it until you are in severe pain and bleeding, and then the condition is officially “life-threatening” so they can justify removing the tube, which will kill the embryo. And if you suffer adverse effects, if it’s much more costly and painful, if the recovery is longer or you have a hard time conceiving again due to the lost tube, or even worse, if you die from blood loss, well, at least no one purposefully “murdered a pre-born baby.”

 

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1:37AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

It's because they're anti-choice. It doesn't matter if both lives are at risk. They want pregnant women to die anyway, with or without their "babies" and they don't care. If one or both die, they say it's God's will.

A true pro-life person would ensure that if you can't save both lives, you save the one that has the best chance. Of course if the mother has other existing children, she should live.

Even if the choice would be to save mine or my unborn, ultimately, it's MY choice whether I sacrifice MY life to give it, or to save mine to finish MY jobs.

8:50AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Today's right wing religious fanatics seem to like everything that's anathema to civilized people. They are throwbacks to a bygone era when women's lives were meaningless, no one gave a thought to the environment and when it was accepted that a few people would be wealthy and own everything and everyone else was a peasant paying homage to the "nobility." They also don't believe in religious freedom or democracy.

12:21PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Pro-Life people are psychos. I'm sick and tired of these religious radicals running around, complaining all of the time about things they'd rather bitch about than do anything to help. They hate the poor & uneducated, those people living on welfare & other various programs, but they'd love to end abortion, which would cause more people being poor, uneducated, and living on welfare. They just don't think before they blah, blah, blah all over my news.

9:18AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

This radical, religious, ideological thinking is what the tea party republicans are all about. And after watching the tea party debate last night it is clear that all they care about is the life of the fetus.

I was appalled and sickened by what I heard from those candidates and the reaction of the tea party audience. Appauding for statements such as: If they don't have health care, let them die.
A few days ago when Perry stated that Texas executed almost two hundred people (one was probably innocent) ...Texas is Number 1 in executions...The people applauded and cheered loudly.

2:31PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

I've said this before, but "pro-life" is such a misnomer...

11:19AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Um no, your fallopian tube will burst if it's not taken care of. Why risk the life of the mother over this? This is Stupid!

4:38PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

OP said it all in that last paragraph---- " According to them, ignore it until you are in severe pain and bleeding, and then the condition is officially “life-threatening” so they can justify removing the tube, which will kill the embryo. And if you suffer adverse effects, if it’s much more costly and painful, if the recovery is longer or you have a hard time conceiving again due to the lost tube, or even worse, if you die from blood loss, well, at least no one purposefully “murdered a pre-born baby.”

12:21PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Let's call out the anti-choice movement for what they are. What do we call extremist who try to force their views on everyone, who bomb facilities to push their agenda, who kill people that do not agree with their own brand of twisted "morality"? I believe we call them terrorists. Somehow, I was sensible and observant enough to know at age of 11, even while growing up in a cult-like religious, republican household, that the behavior of Americans who would do the sort of things that the anti-choice movement does to other Americans was completely wrong and immoral to the core.

10:12PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Anti-choice people have never cared about the life of an adult woman, only about the fetus. It's always galled me that they got to the pro-life label first, because pro-choice people care about the lives of fully-realized adult citizens, their health and safety.

3:39PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Why is abortion of any kind still a political issue??? It is a medical condition which is personal and private between a woman & her doctor. It has no place in the political realm...same deal with religion. These so-called pro-life people need to mind their own business and move on to a cause that doesn't involve people's personal space. I am glad I am beyond the child-bearing years!

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