FAQ's & Answers


Life begins at conception. The union of a sperm and an egg, create a new life, genetically unique from either the mother or the father. The blood of the baby does not circulate with the blood of the mother, and is often even of a different blood type. The mother is the life support system for the baby. Life threatening conditions such as severe anemia in the baby are treated by transfusing donated blood into the umbilical cord of the baby as early as 18 weeks gestation. Surgeries are now being performed on the babies while still in the womb. The babies are patients and deserve legal protection. Prior to surgery being performed on the unborn, Informed Consent is obtained from the mother. Risks, BENEFITS, indications and alternatives are reviewed. The mother is exposed to risks such as bleeding and infection, but the only BENEFITS are for the unborn baby. Therefore, the Informed Consent applies to BOTH mother and the unborn child. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines Informed Consent in Committee Opinion Number 439 as "...the principle of respect for persons." Per ACOG; "Seeking informed consent expresses respect for the patient as a person; it particularly respects a patient's moral right to bodily integrity," The intentional taking of the life of the unborn thus violates "the patient's moral right to bodily integrity." The unborn are patients and deserve all of the rights and protection afforded to children and adults.