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Old 11-15-2012, 06:49 AM   #79
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First off, in Ireland there is no exception period, and I assume your "almost everyone" means this country.
Yes, I'm talking about this country.

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More relevantly though, it is possible to construe the "for the healh of the mother" too narrowly as well, as in the linked story. In hindsight it became about her life, but that was only after the complications went irreversibly out of control. Health can become life pretty quickly in a hospital.

I don't disagree that there may be cases on the other fringe, but isnt this the side to err on?
For someone who considers an unborn child to be a fully formed life worthy of protection, the side to err on is the side that you don't kill the baby. An abortion means that the baby dies for sure. Not having an abortion means the child and mother may both survive.

The linked case is a case where the mother's life was in jeopardy whether the doctors recognized it in advance or not. In theory, an abortion would have been possible in a jurisdiction with an exception for the life of the mother. Even if that wouldn't have worked out in this case because her doctor didn't recognize that her life was in danger, that doesn't mean the rule is the problem. We rely on doctors' expertise and judgment when it comes to these things in all areas of medicine, not just abortion. Sometimes they get it wrong.
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