If a woman refuses chemotherapy that would save her life in order to not endanger her pregnancy is that a choice to be celebrated? For the conservative website “Hot Air” the answer is a resounding yes.
When diagnosed with cancer and pregnant, Stacy Crimm faced a series of choices. She could terminate the pregnancy and undergo chemotherapy, treat the cancer and, presuming a positive outcome, try for another pregnancy. Or, she could refuse treatment in an attempt to save her developing fetus.
Crimm chose the later, dying three days after giving birth to a significantly premature infant. And the anti-choice supporters could not be more proud. They romanticize Crimm’s physical suffering, calling it “unimaginable” and point to Crimm as a hopeful example to help all mothers see “nothing is worth the sacrifice of their own child.”
Not surprising though, these anti-choice supporters are silent on the fate of Crimm’s premature infant now. The child is not being raised by her mother, and who knows what kind of medical complications she faces as a result of her mother’s decision.
Furthermore, the anti-choice crowd is silent on the fact that Crimm is lucky that she had a choice to make. Abortion was an option–not one that Crimm chose to take–but an option nonetheless. And the fact that the anti-choice crowd refuses to acknowledge that key fact while simultaneously holding up Crimm as a martyr for her choice shows just how little regard this “life” movement has for actual life.
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