Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia

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  1. Merchant_of_Meh
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    I'll preface this thread by pointing out that this did NOT occur in the US, but in the Dominican Republic.

    (CNN) -- The mother of a pregnant leukemia patient who died after her chemotherapy was delayed over anti- abortion laws is accusing doctors of not putting her daughter's health first.

    The 16-year-old's plight attracted worldwide attention after she had to wait for chemotherapy because of an abortion ban in the Dominican Republic.

    Doctors were hesitant to give her chemotherapy because such treatment could terminate the pregnancy -- a violation of the Dominican Constitution, which bans abortion. Some 20 days after she was admitted to the hospital, she finally started receiving treatment.
    She died Friday, a hospital official said.

    At the time the treatment started, Rosa Hernandez, the girl's mother, said she tried to convince doctors and the Dominican government to make an exception so that her daughter's life could be saved.

    "My daughter's life is first. I know that (abortion) is a sin and that it goes against the law ... but my daughter's health is first," Hernandez said.

    The teen died from complications of the disease, said Dr. Antonio Cabrera, the legal representative for the hospital.
    "They have killed me, I'm dead, dead. I'm nothing," her mother said. " She was the reason for my existence. I no longer live. Rosa has died. Let the world know that Rosa is dead."
    The patient was 13 weeks pregnant.

    Her body rejected a blood transfusion and did not respond to the chemotherapy, and her condition worsened overnight, Cabrera said.
    She then suffered a miscarriage early Friday, followed by cardiac arrest, and doctors were unable to revive her.

    Representatives from the Dominican Ministry of Health, the Dominican Medical College, the hospital and the girl's family had talked for several days before deciding to go forward with the chemotherapy.

    The case sparked renewed debate over abortion in the Dominican Republic, with some lawmakers calling on officials to reconsider the abortion ban.

    According to Article 37 of the Dominican Constitution, "the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death." Dominican courts have interpreted this as a strict mandate against abortion. Article 37, passed in 2009, also abolished the death penalty.

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    What a tragic, tragic turn of events.

    I find it terribly ironic that this ban that was supposed to save a life, ended up taking 2 lives instead.

    Thoughts?
     
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    She was terminally ill with cancer, and pregnant, and I am supposed to be upset that a foreign country put the life she was carrying over hers?

    Sorry.
     
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    You are aware that no ban can be enacted in the States, right? RIGHT?
     
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    I would be, because it shouldn't have happened.
     
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    Until you prove to me that she would have lived if she had gotten chemo 3 weeks earlier she would have lived, which is highly improbable, I don't see a problem. Tell me they delayed chemo treatment a couple of years and I will be outraged. The simple truth is the girl was dead before she got pregnant, the cancer was way to advanced to treat.
     
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    The article does not say that she was terminal, so that's not an assumption we should be making. Until it's proven as such that she was terminal, I have to disagree with you. This ban is responsible for 2 deaths when it was suppose to prevent 1. I merely asked for thoughts on the article as I think it's rather thought-provoking, not whether it's supposed to upset anyone.

    Please see the bold preface of my OP.
     
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    The cancer killer after a delay in treatment of 20 days, she was terminally ill. If you don't believe me, ask a doctor.
     

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