Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Have One Question for Sarah Palin

I am bringing this back to the top because one other thought occurred to me today. I had forgotten this point about an Amniocentesis, there is a risk of actually hurting or even killing your baby during this procedure. Now I'm sure It is a lot more safe now than 20 years ago, but there is still a risk. Why would a pro life advocate choose this?

Being an older Mom when I had my last child and having partaken of an Amniocentesis and being of the liberal persuasion, I did have the procedure done during my last pregnancy at almost 40 years old. I really didn't think I would ever have had an abortion no matter what the results that came back. But since I was told I was having a perfectly healthy baby boy I will never know the choice I would have taken otherwise.

If Ms. Palin really believes that she would not choose abortion in any case scenario that the doctors doing the Ambio would present to her, my question is this:

Why did Sarah Palin have an Amniocentesis in the first place? Please someone in the news media ask her this question!

(note, you are not required to take the test, only suggested to you and you can make the decision)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well genius, perhaps there were indications that there was something wrong with her baby and they wanted to verify some things? When the mother is older it is not an uncommon practice to do these tests. Get over yourself and stop self-righteous crap you are spewing, loser.

9/16/2008 5:15 PM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

Your dear sweet Ms Palin brought her downs baby into the campaign. Now we all have the right to scrutinize every aspect of her pregnancy. She started it, not I.

9/16/2008 9:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, that explains it all. She "brought" her baby into the campaign to prove that she practices what she preaches instead of using his condition as an excuse to have an abortion as many other would and have. By the way, "My Dad can beat up your Dad!"

9/17/2008 3:34 AM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

I read this from a pro-lifer over at Andrew Sullivan's:

A Pro-Life Woman On Palin's Amnio

17 Sep 2008 09:37 am

A reader writes:

Thank you for your posts today about Sarah Palin's perplexing selection of an amniocentisis considering her pro-life stance. I am a woman who is opposed to abortion and refused to have one in any of my three (advanced maternal age) pregnancies because of the heightened risk of miscarriage. Both my husband and I agreed that no matter what the genetic difficulties our child might have, this child would be our gift from God and we would do everything to protect him/her.

Unfortunately, we learned via level-three ultrasound at 19 weeks that our first child had a heart defect. When the maternal-fetal specialists at our top-tier hospital told me I would need special monitoring on a weekly basis I did not hesitate to make every appointment or test. Tragically, our daughter was stillborn and our hearts were broken, but I was grateful for having been entrusted with carrying her for the 34 weeks she lived on this planet. Even with this loss, I refused to have an amnio in my subsequent pregnancies because I was unwilling to risk the next babies' lives, especially considering that tools such as ultrasound could go a long way at revealing and thereby preparing the doctors to handle any problems the babies might have.

When I read that Mrs. Palin elected to have an amnio, I seriously doubted her pro-life stance.

When I read that she got an airplane after her water had broken, I began to believe that she would rather risk her special needs child's life than have her baby at one of the many top hospitals in Dallas. Any person mildly familiar with Down Syndrome knows that these babies typically have heart defects and feeding problems that can be critical and should be addressed immediately. Presumably, Ms. Palin did a little research and knew this and yet got on that airplane.

Pro-life Catholic but voting for Obama.

9/17/2008 6:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this is from a medical website:

There is a slight chance of infection or injury to the fetus. There is even a smaller chance of miscarriage. This test is typically performed when a problem is suspected, so the benefits outweigh the risk.

9/18/2008 3:31 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this is from another medical site called "The Mayo Clinic". I like how they use the terms "rare", and "slight risk" but heck, what do they know?

Amniocentesis carries various risks, including:

Miscarriage. Early amniocentesis carries a slight risk of miscarriage, often due to rupture of the amniotic sac. The risk of miscarriage is highest when the procedure is done early in pregnancy, before the two layers of fetal membranes have sealed. By the second trimester, however, the risk of miscarriage drops. For years, the risk of miscarriage was generally considered to be one in 200. Today, the risk is between one in 300 and one in 500.

When amniocentesis is used later in pregnancy to assess a baby's lung maturity, rupture of the amniotic sac causes much less concern because safe delivery is nearly always possible at that point.

Cramping and vaginal bleeding. Cramping is possible after amniocentesis. Some women experience a small amount of vaginal bleeding.
Needle injury. During amniocentesis, the baby may move an arm or leg into the path of the needle. Serious needle injuries are rare.
Leaking amniotic fluid. Rarely, amniotic fluid leaks through the vagina after amniocentesis. If the leak seals, the pregnancy may proceed normally. Sometimes, however, the leakage leads to orthopedic problems for the baby in early infancy and childhood.
Rh sensitization. Rarely, amniocentesis may cause the baby's blood cells to enter the mother's bloodstream. If you have Rh negative blood, you'll be given a drug called Rh immunoglobulin after amniocentesis to prevent you from producing antibodies against your baby's blood cells.
Infection. Very rarely, amniocentesis may trigger a uterine infection.

So you see, for every one of my arguments, you can find a counter argument and vice-versa. The fact is the baby was born, and other than having Down Syndrome is doing well, it is a moot point. And Sarah is going to be a great VP.

9/18/2008 4:10 AM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

....and yes I believe you confirmed my point that there is a danger in having the procedure, thank you so much. And I am sure when Ms. Palin returns to Alaska to continue governing her state she will love having Obama as the President of her nation.

9/18/2008 7:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is danger in any medical procedure. You love to try to twist things around to fit your purpose don't you? You're right, Mrs. Palin is definitely heading back to Alaska, but it is to pack her belongings to relocate to Washington D.C. for her new job as VP to President McCain. That has a great ring to it doesn't it? Nobama will fade back into the obscurity that he climbed out of.

9/18/2008 8:11 PM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

Thank you, I am sooooooo glad you keep commenting here so I and my readers can get our laugh for the day. Most of the women out there now are seeing the "true" Sarah Palin,
against reproductive rights, against equal pay for women, against stem cell research,
who would like their daughter's to carry babies of rapists and their father's and
Brothers and uncles and grandfathers. The luster is wearing off the rose so to speak. Her favorability ratings are dropping daily as women and men see what her ideology actually is.

She will fade into the night as Obama continues to rise in his ratings,
especially among women who actually have an education and understand what is at stake.

President Obama, how refreshing!

Governor Palin, thank God you govern Alaska and not my state!!!!

9/19/2008 6:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

After all these years Sondra, you're still a loser.

9/21/2008 5:34 PM

Blogger Gingersnapp said...

And you dear sir or madame are a coward who hides under anomnimity.

9/21/2008 8:15 PM

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