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    Community Host Alissa_Sal's Avatar
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    I don't think that without even knowing her we can say for sure that the choice is "possibly traumatizing her a little" with an abortion or "absolutely traumatizing her a lot" with birth. I think that the topic of abortion (even for a mentally handicapped woman) is a lot more emotionally complicated than that.

    And I still think that she (should have) some basic autonomy over her own body.

    To give another example, if she had cancer and wanted to refuse chemo because it made her too sick, I would support that decision, even if it meant that she died. I think it's okay that we completely take medical decisions out of our actual children's hands because they are actually children and will grow up to take ownership of their bodies someday. I don't think it's the same thing with a mentally handicapped adult; I repeat, she's NOT a child, and I don't think it's right to treat her as if she were a perpetual child for the rest of her life. She's not a child, she's a mentally handicapped woman. They are different. I believe that as an adult she has the right to make as many decisions about herself and her life as is possible. It's probably not possible to allow her to make her own decisions about where she lives, things like that, but it *is* possible to let her make her own decision about this. I think we should respect her enough to respect that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Lots of women go through high-risk pregnancies because they understand the pros & cons of it and have the mental capacity to make their own decision. This woman has the mental capacity of a 6yo and her right to make her own decisions has been taken away from her. Her autonomy to her own body has been taken away, that's why her parents could place her in a secure facility without a court order. And IMHO her parents have lost the right to make decisions for her in this case by their lack of action when they knew she was getting out.

    The choice is possibly traumatizing her a little bit by terminating the pregnancy early, or absolutely traumatizing her a lot both emtionally and physically by allowing her to continue a high-risk pregnancy and then taking "her baby" out of her arms & giving it to someone else. Wherever possible, I choose to subject my children, and all people, to the least amount of trauma.
    I do not think it is any more traumatizing than forcing her to undergo surgery, abort a baby, and take both their rights away. And not just give the baby away, make it non-exisistant.
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    I was out of town for the weekend, so I have just really skimmed over all the new stuff. It sounds like the parents, while definitely not perfect, are dealing with a lot of red tape when trying to make choices for her. I cant say what I would have done now, it sounds like there is a lot of regulations on what needs to happen in that state.
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