A Special Note About Fetal Anomaly
One of the most tragic things that can happen to a woman and her loved ones, especially if it is her first baby, is to discover late in a desired pregnancy that something has gone terribly wrong. The fetus is discovered to have a serious or even fatal problem of development or to have a genetic disorder that will leave it seriously impaired. In spite of everything, nothing can be done to give the baby a chance for a normal life - perhaps not even a chance for life itself.
At Boulder Abortion Clinic, we see many women and couples who have this difficult problem. They wanted to have a baby, made plans for it, and were happy at the prospect of this glorious fulfillment, only to find out that they face tragedy instead of happiness.
There are generally two kinds of problems with pregnancies like this. One kind involves the observation or discovery of a genetic disorder that predictably would lead to very serious problems for a young child. This includes things like Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), Trisomy 18 and 13, and others that are not so frequent or well known.
The other kind of problem is a "developmental" anomaly. The genetic inheritance may be perfect, but the fetus has not developed normally. This can include the distressing "anencephalic" (no brain) syndrome, which is fatal and which permits no normal development, and it includes other kinds of "neural tube" defects such as spina bifida or hydrocephaly (“water on the brain”).
There are some people who feel that these malformations and disorders are blessings to be embraced, that dealing with them build character, that that you should not be permitted to have an abortion under these circumstances. It is Dr. Hern's view that decisions to carry a pregnancy with such problems is a private, personal matter that cannot be regulated by any government, and that couples who decide to terminate such pregnancies should be able to do so without interference from other parties.