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Terminate the Pregnancy or Take the Baby to Term?

It's a position that no happily pregnant woman would ever want to be in, but the reality is that some couples must decide whether their child lives or dies. A recent MSNBC report on perinatal hospices, which support families who have been given a terminal prenatal diagnosis said:

As the number of pregnant women being routinely screened has risen, so have dire diagnoses before birth. Only 15 years ago, prenatal screenings could detect less than a dozen conditions, while now it's possible to test for hundreds, ranging from mild forms of hearing loss to deadly Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

But the paradox of modern medicine is that knowing doesn’t always mean the outcome will be better. Sometimes you can just see death coming from a long way off.

If you knew your child was going to die, what would you do?

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