Thursday, June 04, 2009
What to expect:
Over at NRO's The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez approvingly reports
A mother talks to Anderson Cooper about her decision to give birth to her daughter even after the baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 during the fifth month of her pregnancy.
What can Trisomy 18
Infants born with Edwards syndrome may have some or all of the following characteristics: kidney malformations, structural heart defects at birth (i.e., ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus), intestines protruding outside the body (omphalocele), esophageal atresia, mental retardation, developmental delays, growth deficiency, feeding difficulties, breathing difficulties, and arthrogryposis (a muscle disorder that causes multiple joint contractures at birth).
Some physical malformations associated with Edwards syndrome include: a small head (microcephaly) accompanied by a prominent back portion of the head (occiput), low-set, malformed ears, abnormally small jaw (micrognathia), cleft lip/cleft palate, upturned nose, narrow eyelid folds (palpebral fissures), widely-spaced eyes (ocular hypertelorism), drooping of the upper eyelids (ptosis), a short breast bone, clenched hands, underdeveloped thumbs and or nails, absent radius, webbing of the second and third toes, clubfoot or Rocker bottom feet, and undescended testicles in males.
If Lopez was pregnant with a fetus diagnosed with Trisomy 18, she'd run to the nearest abortion provider as fast as her fat little legs could carry her.
For conservatives, it's "abortions for we and not for thee!"