According to women's rights activists, this decision represents "a positive step toward protecting women's human rights" as "criminalizing the abortion of anencephalic
fetuses is contrary to constitutionally protected rights of women in Brazil." Id.
clones got harvested so rich old men could live longer.
10, 2008), http://reproductiverights.org/en/case/kl-v-peru-united-nationshuman-rights- committee [http://perma.cc/V35G-7GQM] (summarizing case of Peruvian woman who was pregnant with an anencephalic
fetus and denied an abortion); L.C.
Peril, involving a 17-year-old pregnant with an anencephalic
fetus; LC v.
Hospital staff had also diagnosed the fetus as anencephalic
, meaning it was missing part of its skull and brain and would surely die either before or shortly after delivery (NotiCen, May 30, 2013).
We are crossing lines, at first slowly and now with rapidity: killing unborn children for convenience; removing tissue from live fetuses; contemplating creating embryos for destruction in research; considering taking organs from living anencephalic
babies; experimenting with assisted suicide; and contemplating euthanasia.
As a physician told the authors, ambivalence and wasted time led in his hospital to the otherwise preventable death of a teenager who was carrying an anencephalic
fetus, or as was documented in 2003 the case of a woman with a molar pregnancy with a fetus with severe chromosomal abnormality.
Friedman, Taking the Camel by the Nose: The Anencephalic
as a Source for Pediatric Organ Transplants, Col.
Teresi describes other populations of patients who could be potential organ donors: anencephalic
infants and patients in persistent vegetative states (PVS).
And among the NTD 9 patients (42.86%), 95% CI 21.69 - 64.03) had anencephalic
fetus, 6 (28.57%, 95% CI 19.25 - 47.89) had hydrocephalus fetus, 2 patients (9.52%, 95% CI 3.03 - 22.07) each of cleft lip / palate and spins bifida, 1 patient (4.76%, 95% CI - 4.35 - 13.87) each had meningocele and holoprosencephalic fetus.
Most studies have recorded an excess of female births with NTDs, with this finding being more pronounced when anencephalic
births were analysed separately.
In this case the ultrasonographer informed the parents that their baby was anencephalic
at the 24 week ultrasound scan.