Adam L Beberg
beberg at mithral.com
Mon Jan 17 11:07:33 PST 2005
This is only creepy because it's so obvious. There are dozens of
abort/retry/fail systems in the pregnancy process. Guess they work
correctly after all.
However, on the plus side here, the medical field seems to be getting
behind the "have your kids before 30" mantra.
Item: Most premature babies who survive to age six have disabilities.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine
Outlet: Associated Press, Jan. 6
Gist: Eighty percent of 6-year-old children who were born between the
22nd and 25th weeks of pregnancy (the current lower limit) have
disabilities, and 46 percent have severe or moderate disabilities
(cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, hearing loss, vision problems,
Implication drawn by the researchers: "Parents need to go into this
situation with their eyes wide open and with an open dialogue with their
doctors as to what they should do."
Translation: Pull the plug.
Other implications: According to the AP, "The rate of premature births
in the United States has crept up in recent years, in part because of a
rise in multiple births and older mothers." So think twice about IVF,
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