Thursday, September 13, 2007

That's What Moms Do

The Herald Sun reports that "a Melbourne GP [general practicioner] refused high-level chemotherapy, ultimately sacrificing her life to save her unborn daughter. ... Dr Ellice Hammond, 37 ... was diagnosed in the 22nd week of pregnancy and refused high-level chemotherapy that could have saved her but might have killed Mia, whose induced birth took place on August 20."

”They have a kangaroo chair here, where they can put the baby down inside your shirt and you can lie back. And the first time Ellice tried that, she had tears coming down. She was just so happy.”

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Blogger Dymphna said...

Definitely, I should not traipse over here late at night. Lord only knows what you'll have posted...something that creates an image that seems to stay on my retina long after I close the page.

It is what good moms do. You're right.

9/13/2007 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pangloss said...

God bless her soul. This is the absolute opposite of abortion, and underlines why infanticide should not be tolerated.

Imagine no abortion
It’s easy if you try
Nobody killing their own infants
Before they ever hear them cry
Imagine all the children
Given a chance to breathe.

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will see freedom

9/13/2007 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger John J. Coupal said...

There are many people of both sexes who still put "service" to society and family, above self and "choice".

God bless them all.

9/14/2007 06:41:00 AM  
Blogger vnjagvet said...

As the father of five daughters, I believe I understand (at least intellectually) both sides of the issue raised by this heroic mother's decision.

I would support any of my daughters no matter which way she and her husband chose.

I believe either decision is morally defensible inasmuch as either the mother or child's life is at stake.

9/14/2007 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jewel said...

My mom died shortly after giving birth to my little sister. She died of a botched C-section. I got into an argument with some gen-x-er who had some packaged argument that went like this: Let's say a woman has four kids and the fifth kid would kill her, she should have an abortion. Well, my counter argument went like this: My mother had four kids, and the only way she would have an abortion on my little sister is if it were an ectopic pregnancy. Since my little sister wasn't such a pregnancy, and a full term baby, it isn't likely that you would even find a doctor, except possibly in Topeka, who would even consider killing the unborn child. How would killing the baby save my mother. She died anyway. The baby lived. It was never an either or argument. Sometimes the mother dies. Sometimes the baby dies. Doctors do their best to do no harm.

9/15/2007 12:57:00 AM  

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