In a recent Reddit Q&A post, a woman revealed that she aborted her 23-week old baby after finding out she had a rare chromosomal defect called Triploidy,. Tragically, very few babies with the defect are born alive and for those that do, they usually live for only a few hours, days or weeks. In fact, two out of three pregnancies miscarry in the first trimester and almost all other babies die later or are stillborn. Her daughter also had Dandy-Walker Syndrome, which is a congenital brain malformation involving the cerebellum and the fluid-filled spaces around it.
The woman and her Catholic husband thought about their situation and decided that abortion was the best choice to make because the baby could cause health problems for the mother. According to the Daily Mail, the baby was so small that it could have died in the womb, which could have resulted in an infection; and the mother was at a higher risk for preeclampsia. The woman also said that her placenta could have ruptured, leaving her to “bleed out in my bathtub faster than anyone could help me.”
However, there was one problem with their abortion plan: the only doctor who offered abortions in their city worked at a Catholic institution and they had to get special approval from the CEO and their ethics board. Unbelievably, they were able to get that approval and move forward with the abortion.
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The woman explained, “My doctors were honest and clear about the situation. They used explicit terms and didn’t dance around the issue. During the different procedures they walked me through exactly what they were doing, but at the same time, they were very empathetic and understanding.” She added, “[Our baby] passed painlessly inside me and was never alone.”
Now the woman says she and her husband are still grieving and experience bouts of “spontaneous sobbing,” but insist that they don’t doesn’t regret the decision. The woman concluded, “My other option was to wait for her to pass naturally, but the risks were too high.”
Although circumstances like these are heartbreaking and unthinkable, they’re even more so when a Catholic institution facilitates the abortion. It is truly a tragedy that their ethics board thought abortion was the best solution for this woman and that they allow an abortionist to work under their supervision.
As LifeNews previously reported, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on abortion and support of abortion by Catholics is considered a moral evil. The Catechism states, ”Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law… Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae, ‘by the very commission of the offense.”
And in 2013, Pope Francis reiterated the fact that the Catholic Church will never compromise on their opposition against abortion. He said, “I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations’. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”
Below is the image of what an unborn baby at 23 weeks looks like: