Thursday, May 3, 2018

Is Termination of Spina Bifida Pregnacies Right?

In our current world, termination (abortion) of pregnancies with spina bifida is becoming a norm as parents are lured into it right after prenatal tests. In most cases this happens after medical professionals present one side of the coin that predicts challenges of lifelong care for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. In some cases parents are denied the chance of making their own decision independently.

Some countries have gone to an extent of legalizing this process. However, NO ONE can predict the quality of life that an individual with spina bifida and hydrocephalus can have. This fact therefore leaves a space for children with spina bifida to live and be who they are meant to be.

Abortion of pregnancies on basis of disability like spina bifida and down syndrome eliminates the aspect of diversity in our world, this is also a way of hiding issues instead of solving them. Existence of people with spina bifida and other disabilities provides creativity and innovation.

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus has gathered a number of personal experiences of people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and all the stories have one thing in common: Love for life

PS: Spina bifida is defect of the spinal cord that occurs a few days after conception

Life is divine!

Cheers.

11 comments:

WILLIS said...

Awesome! Great job Opetsi

WILLIS said...

Awesome! Great piece Ms. Opetsi

Pierre Mertens said...

We have to safeguard the Right to Life in all differences. Who defends the right to life of the unborn child? The psychological burden of an abortion because of disability is underestimated.The world would absolutely NOT be better without children with Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida. Of course primary prevention is the best solution, because the same child wil be born without a disability. Thanks for advocating for the unborn child with a disability.

Opetsi said...

Thank you very much Willis, I really appreciate your support.

Thank you too Pierre, I agree with you primary prevention is key; I love your art on this subject 'Je cherche un Avocat' or 'I am searching for a lawyer' it's my hope that it can reach more people and make the world a better place for people with spina bifida.

Simon said...

Jeanne Litke said...

Amen! As a 48 year old born with SB myelomeningocele, I cannot fathom why this is allowed. No one has the right to speak for God. I am so grateful to my mom for having the faith to believe and trust in the sanctity of life. It is not a humans "right" to play God and destroy what He has created....

Jeanne Litke said...

Amen, as an adult born with SB myelomeningocele in 1970, my mom had no advanced warning that I had SB. Thankfully, because of the grace of God, she along with her faith, trusted in what God had planned for her. I am grateful to God and my parents for not giving up on me before I was even born. God does not make mistakes!!!

gracielita said...

Having a disability isn't the worst thing that can ever happen to a person and doctors are the first people who should realize that. They have seen, firsthand, children who have surpassed their medical expectations. S.B isn't a chronic illness that makes you live in constant pain and depression. Yes, there are lows just like any normal person goes through the highs & lows of life. It is a great disappointment to learn that doctors choose to be biased about someone's life journey to the point of recommending death. Their glasses are always half empty. They should be trained to see them half full

Opetsi said...

Amen Jeanne, we share the same sentiments

Opetsi said...

Amen Amen Amen. He is an awesome God and He makes no mistakes

Opetsi said...

Thank you Gracielita, I totally agree with you, there is more joy in life than the struggles we all have low and high moments in life.... whether we have disabilities or not. Thank you all for reading and your comments!