I have way too much to do, but this has been on my heart:
There's been more than one comment about the "exceptions" regarding early inductions and terminations. But I just wanted to say that I'm not making any judgments on people or on personal scenarios.
I won't give specifics, but one of my friends had an ectoptic pregnancy that ruptured her fallopian tube. There IS NO recovery of an ectoptic pregnancy. I used to think "The doctors can just rearrange the baby so it's ok. But that's not the case. You can't transplant an embryo once it implants in the fallopian tube. And eventually the fallopian tube WILL rupture. It was by the grace of God that she was in the hospital when it ruptured because she needed to be rushed into surgery. It could have killed her.
Another scenario that scares me is the syndrome/disease (?) that causes a baby's bones to break while still in utero. They are in pain and constantly experiencing new breaks.
I don't know how I would approach these situations for sure. I'm just saying what we did and why we did it for Joshua.
And for the records: Having a child with a defect is scary to think about, but it is NOT the end of the world. Having a child with Down Syndrome used to be the worst case scenario in my book. No more. I would have welcomed Down Syndrome - any day - over a occipital encephalocele. You can live with Down Syndrome. You can have quality of life. Special life. But Quality and Quantity none-the-less. That is not to say that termination should be gauged by "quality" or "quantity". Just that we need to remember that a child that is not "all there" doesn't mean the end of our social lives or financial stability or sanity.
Have a think about it.