Medical Reasons for Abortion
Medical reasons for abortion are difficult personal choices for pregnant women. Reasons can range from choosing abortion to end risks of severe injury or death to a woman if the pregnancy is carried to full-term or to prevent the birth of a child that will be born with serious medical problems.
Health of the Woman:
Some of the conditions that can complicate a pregnancy include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, HIV, AIDS, Autoimmune disorders and sexually transmitted disease. Some of these medical conditions make it dangerous to a woman’s health to give birth. Abortion is one option that may be considered if a woman faces pregnancy with any of these conditions. When women endure life events that alter their mental health such as rape, incest or abusive relationships, abortions may also be classified as medical in nature.
Health of the Infant:
It’s devastating when a woman actively trying to conceive finds out her baby will be born with serious birth defects. When a woman is between 14 and 20 weeks into a pregnancy, doctors typically preform amniocentesis, these tests reveal abnormalities in chromosomes. Carrying a baby full-term with a chromosomal defect risks having a child with genetic disorders or neural tube defects such as Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Sickle Cell Disease, Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis and others.
Incompatible with Life
Some birth defects are classified as ‘incompatible with life.’ Women have to make a decision regarding the quality of life a child will have if they are born with a serious birth defect. Carrying a pregnancy to term with a baby that will have serious birth defects or choosing abortion are very difficult decisions in most situations.
Abortion is a personal, difficult decision to make. Contact your Abortion Clinic in Boston for information regarding abortion for medical or non-medical related reasons.