This is an intact ectopic pregnancy from the fallopian tube (approximately 10 weeks gestation). Even though this little guy appears to be growing just fine, his time is limited because he is not growing in the moms uterus but is growing in the wrong spot- the fallopian tube. As the pregnancy grows, so does the fallopian tube. If left untreated, it will grow and grow and grow until the tube bursts. Massive internal bleeding will occur in the mom and she will die. Unfortunately when a woman is given a diagnosis of "ectopic pregnancy" there is only one treatment: surgery to remove the pregnancy.
What a shitty thing to be told. Your pregnant but it's not in the right spot, so we gotta take it out. Horrible.
I try not to discuss politics or religion ever in my online classroom, but I couldn't help but think while writing this post how pro life people feel about this. So out of curiosity- let's discuss it.
Should this be viewed as a "controversial" elective abortion?
1. The fetus can not survive in the fallopian tube. Period. There are no miracles, no prayers, it ain't happening. The tube opening is normally about the size of a pen point and is made to transport at the biggest a fertilized egg. It is not anatomically designed to carry a 40 week gestation- 7 pound baby boy with its placenta. It's just not physically possibly. 2. The mother will die if the fetus is not removed. The tube will rupture and she will bleed to death.
So the question is: are elective abortions ok when there is no chance for the fetus to survive AND the moms life is at risk? Thoughts???? #iheartautopsy #prolife #prochoice #abortion #ectopicpregnancy #womenshealth #science #medicine #pathology #life #death #surgery #obstetrics