There are sooo many opinions and views on this topic, which is why it will be up for debate forever.
I'm going to be as completely honest as possible with this...
I am not pregnant anymore, but I have a two year old daughter Lilah. I was only 20 when I gave birth to her. Most physically and emotionally draining thing I have ever been through.
I was in labor with her for 2 days. I pushed for 2 hours, but cow cake turned serious and I ended up having an emergency C-section, because she was in distress and I was at risk too.
Back to the topic:
I do not feel that I was old enough to endure that physically or mentally, my body still hasn't fully recovered and that was 2 years ago. It is a woman's choice and that is that.
Also, regarding the topic of whether or not a woman should abort if they know the child will be ill and not be able to live a full and healthy life. I had a quad screening, basically what that is, they test your fetus for any abnormalities...
I'm not going to lie, I was freaked out. I told my husband (yes, I got married for the child.. bad idea) that I wasnít sure if we should even be having a child, let alone one with a disability. You can judge me and that is fine but you donít know the feeling until you are put in that position. Lilah didnít end up having any abnormalities. She was a perfectly healthy baby girl after birth. Me however I was a ducking for cover wreck.
I made the choice to have my daughter despite only being 20. All women should have the same chance to make that choice. No one should tell them they should or should not be able to abort their pregnancy. If I had known my daughter would be born with any of the genetic disorders below, I may not have went through with the pregnancy. Not because of my own selfish reasons of not wanting to care for a special needs child. But because I would want my child to have a long healthy and happy life, and not have to suffer because I wanted to be a saint and be a pro-choice hypocrite.
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pre...uadscreen.htmlThe quad screen measures high and low levels of AFP, abnormal levels of hCG and estriol, and high levels of Inhibin-A. The results are combined with the mother's age and ethnicity in order to assess probabilities of potential genetic disorders.
High levels of AFP may suggest that the developing baby has a neural tube defect such as spina bifida or anencephaly. However, the most common reason for elevated AFP levels is inaccurate dating of the pregnancy.
Low levels of AFP and abnormal levels of hCG and estriol may indicate that the developing baby has Trisomy 21(Down syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) or another type of chromosome abnormality.
*Sorry wasn't trying to put my whole life story- but all I can go by is my experiences.