It Doesn't Matter If Doctors Make Mistakes During a Prenatal Diagnosis

Monday, November 10, 2014

I read this today.

God bless Live Action, and Life Site news, and all of the other groups who work tirelessly to fight for the rights of the unborn every day.

But- this article?

Not only is it scientifically inaccurate (I'll get to that later) but it doesn't matter if this was divine intervention or a misdiagnosis.

While I was pregnant with Beatrix, a number of people came to me with stories about how they knew someone who had received a poor prenatal diagnosis, but who went on to have a perfectly healthy baby.

The implication here was, I should hold on because my physicians may be wrong. My daughter may live -- in fact, maybe all of those things which showed up in the countless tests we had performed were not really there.

The organs growing outside of her body.

Her mangled spine.

Her too large head.

Her twisted feet.

Her paralysis below the waist.

The idea seemed to be that if doctors were wrong she was worth carrying- except even if doctors were right, she was still worth carrying and saving. 

We aren't promoting this idea when we say, "maybe they are wrong."

We are expressing we believe a baby misdiagnosed is preferable to one who has been affected. We are separating babies with anomalies from those without.

It doesn't matter.

Or it shouldn't.

But everyone knows it's only common sense for a mother to prefer a healthy baby over one who is ill. That's logical.

But it's not, if you truly believe conception is the beginning of life. If you believe each individual has purpose and fulfills it on a timetable set for them.

If you believe we may not understand everything which will happen in this world, but we know there is One who does- and He understands far more about why my daughter was malformed then I ever will.

It doesn't matter if this child was misdiagnosed or not. If this child would have had all of these issues -- she would still have been the child she was meant to be.

Diagnosis doesn't matter, because she was a human being. The decision to continue a pregnancy should be focused on the fact that a baby in the womb is a human being. Killing human beings is wrong.


That's what we should focus on. Not the incremental steps. Not trying to convince people through small tugs in the correct direction.

I read this today, "'We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."'

My daughter was more than a diagnosis, yet every time we toss one of these articles out in the world, we remove the humanity of the small life involved.

As for the accuracy of the original article: 

Because one of Beatrix's birth defects was an omphalocele, I am intimately acquainted with the workings of the fetal abdomen. 

At 10 weeks- when this woman claims a physician told her that her daughter's organs were positioned outside of her body, and this was a sign of a lethal disorder, it would be completely normal for a baby's intestines to be on the outside of the abdomen. It's part of fetal development. The growth of the intestines outpaces the growth of the abdomen, and for a few weeks early in the baby's life there is a point when they are outside of the abdomen. This lasts until the baby is about 12 weeks GA. A physician would expect to see what would later be called an abdominal wall defect in a 10 week old fetus. 

We need to be cautious about sharing emotional stories, without clear details. They do not work well as a testament to our integrity.

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